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Painted Limoges enamel spoon; copper; mounted in silver gilt worked in relief with a male and female mask, two griffins and a spray of leaves; curved handle is made of black horn; bowl decorated on obverse with figure of a Muse with a lute; back shows an owl attacked by three birds and an insect; painted in semi-transparent colours over a white preparation translucent enamels over coloured foils and grisaille; stippled flesh tints, all on a black ground; counters scratched by enlevage; gilded.
- Production date
- 1625 (circa)
Height: 2 centimetres (total flat)
Length: 6.60 centimetres (bowl)
Length: 18 centimetres (total)
Weight: 27 grammes
Thickness: 1.10 centimetres (handle)
Width: 4.60 centimetres (bowl)
Width: 1.60 centimetres (handle)
Depth: 0.80 centimetres (bowl)
- Curator's comments
- Provenance: Baron Anselm von Rothschild, Vienna, by 1866 (cat no. 20), by inheritance to his son Baron Ferdinand Rothschild (d. 1898).
Commentary: The best comparisons are a pair of spoons with identical mounts, but featuring Jupiter and Perspective (after engravings by Etienne Delaune) in the Walters Art Gallery (inv. no. VO.10 (44.54, 44.55)), one of these with an owl, birds and insects on the reverse as in the British Museum pair. A further pair with the same mounts are in the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Ohio (inv. no. 1960.8A-B).
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. 44; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.44; Philippe Verdier, 'Catalogue of the Painted Enamels of the Renaissance', The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1967, p.372.
- On display (G2a/dc2)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.
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