Apostle spoon

English (London)
1619–20
Probably by Richard Cotton


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

L. 17.9 cm (7 1/16 in.); W. of bowl 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.); Weight 48.2 gm (1 oz 13 dwt)

Accession Number

49.1716

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 Simon Zelotes holding a saw in his right hand. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The finial and nimbus are cast separately and applied.

Markings

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark RC in a rectangle (Kent, 1981, p. 37); 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