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Spoon: MAR.M.153-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown
Woodworker: Unknown




Fruit wood and silver; the back of the wood bowl depicting Adam and Eve; the silver handle with an applied inscribed scroll

Fruit wood and silver; the wood bowl is fig-shaped (part missing) on a tapering stem. The back of the bowl is carved with a vignette of Eve offering Adam an apple from a tree with a snake entwined in its branches. The silver handle is cylindrical and tapers towards the crown-shaped finial formed of four trefoils. The lower end is pierced with a pattern of trefoils. The handle is engraved with a pattern of scales, over which is applied in a spiral a scroll inscribed : 'Pane. bose. gwilvite. nad. na. wi'.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay, London

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 16 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late-18th Century, Early#
Circa 1650 CE - Circa 1720 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Bowl composed of wood
Handle composed of silver

Techniques used in production

Carving : The wood bowl and tapering stem were carved. The silver handle may have been cast or it was seamed with the scroll applied. The finial was soldered to the terminal. The silver handle was glued to the short wood stem. The decoration on the silver handle and the inscription were engraved.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Pane. bose. gwilvite. nad. na. wi
  • Location: On the scroll round the handle
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.153-1912
Primary reference Number: 166834
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 25 September 2015 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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