Apostle spoon

English (London)
1582–83
Marked by Fleur-de-lys


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

Length: 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.); width of bowl: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.); weight: 59.5 gm (2 oz 1 dwt)

Accession Number

49.1713

Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a tapering hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint Andrew holding a saltire cross. On the top of the nimbus is a dove. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The figure, nimbus, and cross are cast and applied. The gilding on the finial has been renewed.

Markings

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark a fleur-de-lys in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 105; rev. ed. 1989, p. 101); lion passant; date letter E

Provenance

Marsden J. Perry, Providence, Rhode Island; April 4, 1936, Perry estate sale, American Art Association/Anderson Galleries, New York, lot 220J; 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