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Myra Mimlitsch Gray

Sugar Bowl and Creamer III
creamer 10 3/4 x 10 x 4 in.; and sugar bowl 10 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery

In her sugar bowl and creamer, Myra Mimlitsch Gray pays tribute to the classic designs of Colonial American silver. In a stroke of artistic wit, she turns the table, so to speak. Gray does not create an actual silver sugar bowl or creamer but gives us the image of the form in the same way that a fossil preserves a record of a life through time but not the life itself. That Gray focuses on domestic silver is no accident. Precious household objects help to remind us of the daily lives of women of earlier times.