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Spoon (Sugar Shell), Russian Pattern

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silver plate
DATES Patented 1883
DIMENSIONS 6 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (15.9 x 3.8 x 2.9 cm)
MARKINGS Stamped on back: "REED & BARTON 9 / PAT SEPT 25.1883"
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS On reverse, scripted initials: "H.G."
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 1989.75.2
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Joseph V. Garry
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Silver-plated spoon (sugar shell), "Russian" pattern. Elongated bowl with scalloped front rim and square shoulder. First quarter of handle is undecorated; sides then flare gradually and are pinched before forming a finial section that is trapezoidal form with rounded corners and concave sides. Molded decoration consists of long stem rose at mid-point with two clusters of three leaves topped by an asymmetrical two branch sprig of roses with rose at top of each branch extending into the trapezoidal area at end of handle. Trapezoidal area molded to resemble hammered surface and has a molded fly and single flower with two leaves in the upper corners that balance the two roses at either corner below. The reverse is undecorated except for an incised line articulating the upper trapezoidal area. Condition: Good; scratches in bowl and heel of bowl; plate is quite bright.
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