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Rock crystal, silver, gold, enamel and coral

Origin: Probably Venice

Date: Second half 15th century

23 cm length

Provenance: Sir Philip Sassoon, Cholmondely family, Houghton, Norfolk, sale, Christie's, 8 December 1994, lot 86, to Zietz

Presented by Mr Daniel Katz in celebration of his and Gry's marriage; WA2006.4

T. Schroder (2009), no. 542

The most distinctive feature of this spoon, which attributes it to Venice workmanship, is the gilded silver stampings laid into the surface of the enamel. The technique is also seen on a mounted fifteenth-century rock crystal reliquary in the Louvre, Paris.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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