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Spoon: MAR.M.175-1912

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 17 (Flower)


Unknown (Metal worker)
Unknown (Carver)


Mother-of-pearl and gilt metal; unusually small, with fig-shaped mother-of-pearl bowl on a narrow gilt metal handle with finial of a Roman soldier's head

Mother-of-pearl and gilt metal; unusually small, the shallow fig-shaped mother-of-pearl bowl has a broad rat-tail carved on the back. It is pinned to a gilt metal narrow stem, which is engraved on the back with scrolls. It terminates in a cast finial in the form of a scroll supporting the head of a Roman soldier.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay, London

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 9.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th or 18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - Circa 1900 CE


It is unusual for the decoration to be on the back of the handle, or for the soldier to face backwards, so the handle was probably attached the wrong way round at some point in its history.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Handle composed of metal Bowl composed of mother-of-pearl Surface Of Handle composed of gold Handle, Finial Stem

Techniques used in production

Carving : The mother-of-pearl bowl was carved. The gilt metal handle and finial were cast. The handle was pinned to the bowl.

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.175-1912
Primary reference Number: 166865
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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