Lion sejant spoon

English (London)
1585–86
Marked by Escallop w/ 2 pellets


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

L. 16.3 cm (6 7/16 in.); W. of bowl 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.); Weight 42.5 gm (1 oz 8.8 dwt)

Accession Number

35.1551

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, resting upon a hexagonal baluster support, is in the shape of a lion sejant. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. Traces of gilding remain on the finial. The bowl has been reworked, and appears to have been struck with a forged punch.

Inscription

Pricked on back of bowl near stem, partially obliterated, EL; engraved on back of bowl, C over GE

Markings

On bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark an escallop with two pellets above in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 105; rev. ed. 1989, p. 99); lion passant; date letter H

Provenance

Reverend Thomas Staniforth, Kirk Hammerton Hall, Yorkshire; By descent to Colonel E. W. Staniforth [see note 1]; By 1918, with Crichton Brothers, New York; March 7, 1918, sold by Crichton Brothers to Frank Brewer Bemis [see note 2]; 1935, bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 7, 1935)

Notes:
[1] This provenance has not been verified. [2] See copy of receipt in the MFA curatorial file.

Credit Line

Bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis