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Apostle spoon

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The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a tapered hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint Philip holding a book in his right hand and a cross in his left. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The nimbus is lacking, and the gilding on the finial has been renewed.

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), 1638–39

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

5 x 18.1 cm (1 15/16 x 7 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

49.1720

Medium or Technique

Metal; Gilded silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver