- Museum number
Wedding knife and fork; gold enamelled handles; purple velvet sheath embroidered with gold thread and seed pearls; knife handle engraved on one side and filled with enamel, scrolls, birds and insects; ship on top with flag of Holland; other face similar but with shield of arms, including fleur-de-lis; upper end cut into scroll form; fork similar but with two clasped hands supporting a balance; different shield of arms with fleur-de-lis; sheath with formal floral patterns, part under cap stamped in gold with clasped hands holding a heart flaming; suspension loops; inscribed.
- Production date
- 1600 (circa)
Length: 21.40 centimetres (fork)
Length: 20.90 centimetres (knife)
Length: 31 centimetres (sheath)
Weight: 64 grammes (fork)
Weight: 66 grammes (knife)
Weight: 78 grammes (sheath)
Width: 2.20 centimetres (fork)
Width: 2.10 centimetres (knife)
Width: 4.20 centimetres (sheath)
Depth: 0.90 centimetres (fork and knife)
Depth: 3.50 centimetres (sheath)
- Curator's comments
- Provenance: None is recorded.
Commentary: This type of knife handles is a favourite one of Le Blon, and the ornament is much in his style.
Bibliography: Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 202, pl.XLIII; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.202.
- On display (G2a/dc3)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number