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Spoon: MAR.M.90-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Silversmith: DK? (Possibly)

Entities

Categories

Description

Silver-gilt; the fig-shaped bowl and hexagonal handle with cast lower section and finial of cherub's masks

Silver-gilt; the deep fig-shaped bowl has a hexagonal handle. At the join is a cast shield with a cherub's mask amid scrolls. The cast finial has a cherub's mask at the front and back, surrounded by scrolls. The front of the bowl is initialled near the stem with a 'V', and engraved in the centre with a later English crest. The back of the bowl is initialled 'VK' with a decorative '8' between. The front of the stem is inscribed 'GOTT * BEHITTES * UND * HELF * UNS'

Notes

History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 20.1 cm
Length: 7⅞ in
Weight: 64 g
Weight: 2:1 oz:dwt

Place(s) associated

  • Danzig ⪼ Poland
  • Breslau ⪼ Silesia ⪼ Poland

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley

Dating

17th Century, Mid#
Production date: circa AD 1650

Note

This spoon may have been made at Danzig, Poland or Breslau, Silesia (now known respectively as Gdansk and Wroclaw and both in modern Poland).

School or Style

Baroque

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gilt
Bowl
Handle
Inscription

Materials used in production

Silver

Techniques used in production

Gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: GOTT * BEHITTES * UND * HELF * UNS
  • Location: On the front of the handle
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: VK
  • Location: On the back of the bowl
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: V
  • Location: On the front of the bowl
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Initial
  • Text: DK
  • Location: On the back of the bowl
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark?

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.90-1912
Primary reference Number: 162938
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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