Probably by Richard Crosse (English, 1742 – 1810)
Object Place: Europe, London, England
L. 18.7 cm (7 3/8 in.); W. of bowl 5 cm (1 15/16 in.); Weight 51 gm (1 oz 15 dwt)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
 MFA accession numbers 49.1710 - 49.1721 were acquired together.
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour