Apostle spoon

English (London)
1529–30
Marked by William Simpson (apprenticed 1499, died about 1546)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

L. 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.); W. of bowl 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.); Weight 59.5 gm (1 oz 18 dwt)

Accession Number

47.1616

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 James and Less holding a book in his left hand and a fuller’s bat in his right. The nimbus is pierced. The stem and bowl are forged from a single piece. The finial and nimbus are cast and applied.

Provenance

Charles G. Rupert, New York. December 13, 1947, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 211, purchased by the MFA with the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour for $960 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 29, 1947)

NOTES:
[1] MFA accession numbers 47.1616 - 47.1619 were acquired together.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour