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Apostle spoon

1545–56

Marked by William Simpson


Dimensions

L.17.9 cm (7 1/16 in.); W. of bowl 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.); Weight 42.5 gm (1 oz 8 dwt)

Accession Number

49.1712

Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt

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Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a flattened, tapering hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint Thomas holding a spear in his right hand. The nimbus is rayed. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The apostle figure and nimbus are cast separately and applied. The finial is gilt. The bowl has been reworked.

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]. (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