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Mote Spoon

1750-51 (hallmarked)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.


Object details
Object type
Materials and techniques
Raised, cast and chased silver
Brief description
Mote spoon. Tea caddy set, silver with original mahogany case, William Cripps, 1750.
Physical description
Mote spoon from George II caddy set, in the Rococo style with butterflies as knobs for the lids and sea serpents around the caddies' bases; with original case.
Dimensions
  • Height: 5.6875in
  • Width: 4.375in
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance: Sophie Wenman (d.1787). The Hon. Sophia Wenman, wife of William Humphrey Wykeham, Esq., of Swalcliffe. Aubrey Wykeham, Esq., of Tythrop House, Thame. Anonymous sale: Sotheby's, lot 132a, 06/06/1933. Hancocks, July 1996.
Historical context
Note that there are no sugar nippers in London Gilbert Collection, according to photographic evidence; and despite 1998 insurance/shipment #3 SG323 listing incorrectly "Six Spoons,...and a pair of Sugar Nippers...."
Summary
Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.
Associated objects
Other numbers
  • SG 323 - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • SG 122B - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1996.907 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
Collection
Accession number
LOAN:GILBERT.682-2008

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Record createdJune 26, 2008
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