Skip to main content

Spoon: MAR.M.122-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: N




Silver, parcel-gilt; deep circular bowl on handle cast with cherub and armorials; with cast pomegranate finial

Silver, parcel-gilt; the deep circular bowl is attached at the back by an applied silver-gilt fleur-de-lis and shield to the cast lower section of the bowl. The front of this section depicts a cherub holding a palm or large sheaf of wheat. Above him are various heraldic emblems, including a coat-of-arms and crest. On the back at the base is the mask of a man. The upper section of the handle is baluster-shaped between a series of turned knops. The silver-gilt finial is in the form of a pomegranate, which has split open. The back of the spoon is initialled 'GP'. The back of the handle is inscribed ' 'III' and 'LIBE * IST * DIE * GRÖSTETUGEND *'

Possibly a 19th century copy


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 18.3 cm
Length: 7¼ in
Weight: 71 g
Weight: 2:5 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Production date: after AD 1680 : late 17th Century, or possibly a late 19th century copy


The spoon may have been made in Scandinavia

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Part Of The Surface composed of gilt

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.122-1912
Primary reference Number: 163178
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Spoon" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-02-09 07:50:38

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Spoon |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-02-09 07:50:38|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like


Accession Number: GR.137f.1908

Ivory spoon

Accession Number: E.62.1903


Accession Number: E.GA.3475.1943


Accession Number: E.GA.3466.1943

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...