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Spoon

Object Number: 
1963.154
Date: 
ca. 1700
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 3/4 x 1 7/8 x 1/2 in. ( 17.1 x 4.8 x 1.3 cm ) Silver Weight: 1 oz (troy) 11dwt (48 g)
Marks: 
engraved: on reverse of bowl: "S/I M" MARK: stamped "WK / B" in a heart-shaped surround struck once on reverse of bowl
Description: 
Silver spoon with cast handle decorated with naturalistic ribbing and crouched figure along underside of handle end; initials engraved along back side of spoon bowl beneath engraved image of flagon. INSCRIPTION: "S / I * M" below image of coffeepot engraved on reverse of bowl.
Gallery Label: 
This spoon was made for Johannes Schenck and his wife, Maria Magdalena De Haes, who married in the Netherlands in 1683 and shortly thereafter emigrated to New Amsterdam. The couple settled in Flatbush, Brooklyn by 1691 and in 1712 Schenck purchased a mill plantation of approximately 115 acres in Bushwick. Spoons of this type, with broad oval bowls and cast handles, based on Dutch prototypes, were produced by New York silversmiths of Dutch descent from the 1680s until around 1700. About a dozen of these rare spoons survive, but this is the only example embellished with a visual pun referring to its owner. Engraved on the reverse of the spoon bowl is Schenck's personal mark: a shapely coffeepot with steam issuing enticingly from its spout. The mark is a creative reference to Schenck's surname, which means to pour or decant.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Abbott-Lenox Fund
Provenance: 
Johannes Schenck (1656-1748), who married Maria Magdalena De Haes (1660-1729); to their son Peter Schenck (1699-1736), who married Elizabeth Wortman (1700-1778); to their son Teunis Schenck (1723-1806), who married Catherine Schenck (1728-1793); to their son Peter T. Schenck (1752-1808), who married Sarah Lefferts (1766-1848); to their daughter Sarah Schenck (1799-after 1880), who married John Redfield (1785-1843); to her niece Mary Jane Schenck (b. 1830); to her great-niece Margaret Russell (Mrs. Stanton F. Slocum, 1894-1985). Purchased from Mrs. Stanton F. Slocum, 1963.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group