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Apostle spoon

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The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a tapering hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint John raising his right hand in benediction and holding a cup in his left. The nimbus is pierced and rayed. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The apostle figure and nimbus are...

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Marks

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark a crescent enclosing a mullet (Jackson, 1921, p. 106; rev. ed. 1989, p. 102); lion passant; date letter T

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]. (Accesion 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), 1596–97

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

L. 18.1 cm (7 1/8 in.); W. of bowl 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.); Weight53.9 gm (1 oz 17 dwt)

Accession Number

49.1714

Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver