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Spoon

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved crystal with champleve enamel scrolls

  • Museum number:

    2261-1855

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Sppon. Crystal bowl, engraved with the sacred monogram, surrounded by rays, silver gilt quadrangular stem, with champleve enamel scrolls, pomiform knob, a cherub's head near the bowl.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Engraved crystal with champleve enamel scrolls

Dimensions

Length: 6.75 in

Object history note

Purchase - Bernal collection, £8. 15s

TS and Welby: crystal look later, perhaps 17th century and doesn’t seem to suit the handle. Perhaps it was originally an opaque hardstone, such as agate?

Welby: enamelling looks Hungarian, c. 1570-80

Descriptive line

Spoon, silver-gilt, crystal and champlevé enamel, Italy, ca.1600.

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
The Sacred Monogram IHS in the rock-crystal bowl suggests this spoon was made for liturgical use. It is badly fitted to its stem and is probably a replacement. [26/11/2002]

Production Note

(Welby: enamelling looks Hungarian); (Welby: 1570-80)

Materials

Silver; Gold; Crystal; Champleve enamel

Techniques

Carving; Engraving (incising); Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Rays; Scrolls; Cherub; Sacred monogram

Categories

Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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