Apostle spoon

English (London)
1599–1600
Artist Unidentified artist


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

L. 18.1 cm (7 1/8 in.); W. of bowl 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.); Weight 53.9 cm (1 oz 17 dwt)

Accession Number

49.1715

Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and an hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint Peter holding a book in his right hand and a key in his left. The nimbus is pierced and rayed. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The apostle figure and nimbus are cast separately and applied.

Inscription

Engraved on back of bowl, ET of GED; stamped on top of stem, T incuse

Markings

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, unidentified maker's mark (possibly Jackson, 1921, p. 108; rev. ed. 1989, p. 105); lion passant; date letter B

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