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Spoon

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 - ca. 1720 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel and ivory, carved

  • Museum number:

    4864-1858

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory, steel, silver and enamel carving set is made in Germany, dated 17 October 1682. It is a three-piece set comprising a presentoir (serving knife), a carving knife and a fork. All the handles are decorated with piqué work: thin strips of silver inlaid into ivory with flower patterns. Coloured enamels and lacquers enhance the designs. They may have been made for a wedding gift for a marriage celebrated on 17 October 1682.

Physical description

All pieces are held in a case. The handle of the spoon carved in form of a winged cherub's head, with bunches of fruit (the handles of the knife and fork are carved with grapes and vine leaves).

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1700 - ca. 1720 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Steel and ivory, carved

Dimensions

Length: 14.8 cm of spoon

Object history note

Bought in 1858 for 4l. 4s. (for whole set). The vendor is unrecorded.

Descriptive line

Spoon, ivory, part of a set of cutlery (knife, fork, spoon), German, ca. 1700-1720

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1858. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 15
p. 94
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929
p. 424
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929, p. 94
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, p. 424, cat. no. 438

Materials

Steel; Ivory

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Fruit; Cherub head

Categories

Accessories; Sculpture; Eating; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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