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Spoon: MAR.M.183-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Metal worker: Unknown
Carver: Unknown




Agate and gilt metal; agate oval bowl and octagonal handle with finial of a bust of a woman draped in gilt metal

Agate and gilt metal spoon. Lilac agate bowl and handle, gilt metal mount, and white agate and gilt metal terminal. The oval bowl is carved on the back with a palm leaf pattern. It is attached to the octagonal handle, which broadens towards the terminal, by a cast gilt metal leaf-shaped mount which narrows to an octagonal ferrule. The finial is shaped as the bust of a woman, carved in white agate, wrapped in gilt metal drapery, which is tied at the front with a bow. This rests on a gilt metal ferrule of stiff leaves.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay, London

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 19 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th or early 19th century
Circa 1780 CE - Circa 1820 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ferrule composed of metal
Mount composed of metal
Bowl, Handle, Bust composed of agate
Surface Of Ferrule composed of gold
Surface Of Mount composed of gold
Bowl, Handle
Mount, Drapery

Techniques used in production

Carving : The bowl, handle and bust were carved. The mount and drapery were cast and soldered to the ferrules, which were then gilt. The bowl and handle were glued or pinned to the mount and ferrules

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.183-1912
Primary reference Number: 166886
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 28 September 2015 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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