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Punch Ladle, "Renaissance" pattern

Decorative Arts and Design

MEDIUM Silver-plated metal
DATES ca. 1886
DIMENSIONS 20 3/8 x 4 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (51.8 x 12.4 x 8.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Stamped on back: "REED & BARTON 4"
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Joseph V. Garry
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Silver-plated punch ladle, "Renaissance" pattern. Long straight handle, ovoid-shaped bowl with shaped spout at either side. Sides of bowl rise and curve inwardly forming a hollow cylinder at beginning of handle, capped by stepped convex and concave bands. A continuous twisted shaft surmounted by a two-faced hollow handle molded in high relief forms main part of handle. Decoration begins with short cylindrical section with diaper pattern in a square panel. Above this is centered animal hoof between scrolling acanthus leaves that rise symmetrically around an elongated shield that contains a vertical leafy garland against closely incised horizontal lines. This in turn is capped by a symmetrical garland of flowers and leaves centering an elongated oval decorated with fruits in high relief. A horned grotesque full-face mask in very high relief in turn surmounts this. The decoration on the reverse of the hollow handle is identical. CONDITION: Very good, with normal wear, small dent in bowl, very light scratching.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Reed & Barton (American, 1840–present). Punch Ladle, "Renaissance" pattern, ca. 1886. Silver-plated metal, 20 3/8 x 4 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (51.8 x 12.4 x 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Joseph V. Garry, 1989.75.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1989.75.1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1989.75.1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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