Fork, ca. 1600–1630 Carved coral, cast and chased gilt silver. The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg. 1985-103-81.
What is this?
Two-tined pointed fork with sloping shoulders. Gilded neck elaborately decorated with leaves, masks and scrollwork. Slightly curved handle of red coral, carved with a grotesque head on the front, above it a torso and head of a man wearing a helmet. Back of handle carved in decorative pattern.
This object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005, May - August 13, 2006