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Apostle spoon

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The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and an hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint James the Greater holding a book in his left hand and a pilgrim's staff in his right hand. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The finial and nimbus are cast separately and applied. The...

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Marks

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark D enclosing C (Kent, 1981, p. 26); lion passant; date letter E

Provenance

Marsden J. Perry, Providence, Rhode Island; Mrs. Howard Eric, Stamford, Conneticut. December 2, 1949, Parke-Bernet Sale, New York, lot 75, sold to the MFA and purchased with the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour for $5,000 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 12, 1949) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 49.1710 - 49.1721 were acquired together.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1622–23

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

L. 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in.); W. of bowl 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.); Weight 62.4 gm (2 oz)

Accession Number

49.1717

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver