Apostle spoon

English (London)
1632–33
Probably by Richard Crosse


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

L. 18.7 cm (7 3/8 in.); W. of bowl 5 cm (1 15/16 in.); Weight 51 gm (1 oz 15 dwt)

Accession Number

49.1719

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a tapering hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint James the Less (or Bartholomew?) holding a knife in his right hand and a book in his left. On the top of the nimbus is a dove. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The finial and nimbus are cast separately and applied. Traces of gilding remain on the finial.

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