INSCRIPTION: Engraved on face of handle, at top, with the initials “C / D • M” with the “C” centered over the pellet for Daniel Cannon (1726-1802) and his wife Mary Trusler Doughty Cannon (1733-1789).
MARK: Struck on underside of base with an intaglio “D.YOU” mark in a rectangular reserve.
MAKER: Daniel You (b.c.1715-d.1750) is known to have worked in Charleston from approximately 1737 until his death in 1750. He was most likely the son of Jacques (James/John) You (b.c.1690–d.1749) and Marie (Mary) Paitreau You (b.c.1690–d.1753) and older brother of Charleston silversmith Thomas You (b.c.1730-1750). Daniel You was a member of the South Carolina Society and the inventory of his estate lists his tools and patterns. See Gary Albert, “Scratching the Surface: Thomas You, Charleston Silversmith, Engraver, and Patriot,” MESDA Journal, Vol. 33 (2012), online: http://www.mesdajournal.org/2012/scratching-surface-thomas-you-charleston-silversmith-engraver-patriot/ (accessed 5 June 2017) and E. Milby Burton, “South Carolina Silversmiths 1690-1860” (Charleston, SC: Charleston Museum, 1967).
FORM: The sauceboat was introduced to American silver during the early eighteenth century and remained a popular form through the twentieth century. Most eighteenth-century examples follows a standard form of single pouring lip, three feet, and scrolled handle. The curved, scrolled handle with acanthus design, scalloped rim, and applied shell ornament and pad feet are characteristic of silver sauceboats of the third quarter of the eighteenth century. By the 1790s neoclassical taste introduced urn-shaped sauceboats with lids as well as versions with oval or round pedestal bases and D- and S-shaped handles.
The contents the Cannons’ house on Queen Street are documented by other pieces in MESDA’s collection: the silver sugar bowl (Acc. 2506) and a chest of drawers (Acc. 2785). MESDA also documented a portrait of Mary (Trusler) Doughty Cannon by Jeremiah Theus, now in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art (see MESDA Object Database file S-8195).