In April, a marrow spoon will be for sale in at an antiques fair at an asking price of nearly $223,000.
The spoon was produced between 1766 and 1768, and features a hand at the handle and a scalloped bowl. The reason for such a high price? Its history and high quality silver work. Engraved on the utensil are the words “John Wentworth Esq to Thomas Smith.” John Wentworth was a British Colonial governor of New Hampshire, and Smith was known to be a good friend of his. The silver is English Rococo, at the height of popularity from 1750-1775.
The exhibitor, Michael Baggott Antiques, is placing the piece at Antiques for Everyone – Britain’s largest art and antiques event – mid next month.
Courtesy of Artfix Daily