Ball spoon with vegetal ornamentArtist(s)NorwegianObject Creation Date1620-1640Medium & Supportgilded silverDimensions
6 3/16 in. x 2 3/16 in. x 1 in. ( 15.7 cm x 5.6 cm x 2.5 cm )Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
March 28, 2009
This spoon, named after the ball-shaped knob at the end of the stem, demonstrates how goldsmiths and silversmiths throughout Germany and Scandinavia transformed quotidian utensils into objects of display for the tables of the affluent middle and upper classes. For the decoration of the spoon, the artist employed geometric and plant forms as well as a Tudor rose incised into the back of the bowl along with an owner’s initials, “AMS.” In selecting these designs, the artist followed the common practice of borrowing motifs from prints and drawings of ornamental patterns that circulated widely around Europe at the time.Subject matter
The ball spoon, named after the ball-shaped knop at the end of the stem, was a common type of tableware developed in the sixteenth century. This elaborately decorated example demonstrates how gold- and silversmiths throughout Germany and Scandinavia could transform such quotidian utensils into objects of display for the tables of the affluent middle class.Physical Description
This silver ball spoon consists of a round bowl joined to a stem composed of a flattened section and a twist stem that terminates in an ornamental ball knop. An incised six-petal flower surrounded by bands of geometric ornament decorates the interior of the bowl. The flattened section of the stem is adorned with vegetal ornament.Primary Object Classification Metalwork Primary Object TypespoonCollection AreaWesternRights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image
for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.