Apostle spoon

English (London)
1504–05
Artist Unidentified artist (Swedish)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

L. 18.9 cm (7 7/16 in.); W. of bowl 5.6 cm (2 3/16 in.); Weight 62.4 gm (2 oz 1 dwt)

Accession Number

49.1710

Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a slightly tapering hexagonal stem. The finial is in the form of an apostle holding a book in his right hand. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The apostle figure and nimbus are cast separately and applied. The attribute in the figure’s left hand has been lost.

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