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Spoon with slightly curved rod handle and bowl in the shape of a shovel; gilded silver mounts. Spoon carved in one piece; mounts cast or hammered, chased, repoussé, and gilded. With his feet clutching the handle and his tail wrapped around it, a dragon appears to crawl toward a seal-top finial...

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Baron Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (b. 1843 - d. 1940), Frankfurt [see note 1]; April 13, 1950, Goldschmidt-Rothschild estate sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 64. Ernest Brummer (b. 1891 - d. 1964), Brummer Gallery, New York; 1965, sold by Ella (Mrs. Ernst) Brummer to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 10, 1965) NOTE: [1] In November 1938 Nazi authorities forced Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild to sell his art collection to the city of Frankfurt. Upon his death in 1940, the objects were transferred to and accessioned by various city museums. After the war, his heirs succeeded in legally voiding the 1938 sale and recuperating the collection, which was sent to the United States. See "Important French Furniture & Objets d'Art," Goldschmidt-Rothschild estate sale, part one, Parke-Bernet, New York, March 10-11, 1950, prefatory note.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

Eucharistic spoon

German (?), 15th century (?)

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3.5 x 21.2 cm (1 3/8 x 8 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tinted horn and silver (92.2% silver, 7.8% copper) with gilding and niello