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  • Place of origin:

    Bergen (Norway) (made)

  • Date:

    1611 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Frolich, Gierdt (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, parcel-gilt, engraved

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 10

Spoons survive in larger numbers than any other silver object before 1700. They were given at baptisms, passed on at death and even quite modest households treasured at least one silver spoon. From 1397 to 1814, Norway was under the rule of Denmark. With no king and no great noblemen, merchants and wealthy farmers were important clients for Norwegian goldsmiths. Decorative spoons like this example would have been part of their stock-in-trade.

Physical description

Rounded bowl engraved inside with 6 petalled rosette in circle, underside of bowl of plain silver with engraved gilt border, lower part of stem an oblong panel, engraved with guilloche motif, knob gilt ball resting on foliage, finial.

Place of Origin

Bergen (Norway) (made)


1611 (made)


Frolich, Gierdt (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, parcel-gilt, engraved

Marks and inscriptions

LARIS * MA ...(rest illegible) O * 1611
On plain border around bowl

On the underside of the stem, maker's mark in monogram

A crowned 'B'
On the underside of the stem, town mark for Bergen


Length: 15.00 cm, Length: 6.00 cm bowl, Width: 5.50 cm

Object history note

From Catalogue of Scandinavian and Baltic Silver, RW Lightbown, V&A, 1975, p117: 'Acquired as French. The correct identification is due to a Scandinavian scholar (Dr Krohn-Hansen?). Frolich had completed his apprenticeship by 1597, and was working independently in 1608. He is last heard of in 1617. The date on the spoon is therefore likely to be near that of its manufacture.'

Purchase - (£4 10s 0d) at sale of Bernal Collection 23 April 1855, lot 3430

Descriptive line

Spoon, bowl engraved inside with six petalled rosette in circle, silver, parcel-gilt, Gierdt Frolich, Bergen, Norway, 1611

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

Lightbown, R. W., Catalogue of Scandinavian and Baltic Silver, V&A, 1975

Subjects depicted



Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery


Metalwork Collection

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