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Dessert Spoon, "Japanese Pattern"

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silver-plate
DATES August 5, 1879
DIMENSIONS 6 13/16 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (17.3 x 3.8 x 2.9 cm)
MARKINGS Stamped on back: "HOLMES BOOTH & HAYDENS A1"
SIGNATURE Unsigned
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 1990.193
CREDIT LINE Gift of James M. Hayes
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Spoon. Dessert spoon, silver-plate plain bowl. First third of handle undecorated. Decoration begins with molded narrow horizontal band then two small triangles with narrow horizontal bands above and below. Main motif in trapezoidal area with asymmetrical bamboo branch diagonally dividing space. At upper end towards crest molded butterfly. Crest gently arched with rounded shoulders with zigzag band fitted into arch and three short diagonal bands below, center one with zigzag pattern, outer ones with three roundels. Reverse with similar decoration. In trapezoidal area molded bird on asymmetrical leafy branch and stylized quarter sunburst in upper corner towards crest. Japanese pattern. Condition: Very good original condition; plate bright; light overall scratching due to normal wear.
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