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Sifting Spoon (Netherlands), 1853

This is a Sifting spoon. It was manufactured by J.M. van Kempen and Son, Voorschoten. It is dated 1853 and we acquired it in 1903. Its medium is stamped bright-cut sheet silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This Dutch sifting spoon has a bell-form shovel-like bowl stamped with scrolls, and divided by a pierced central panel of scrolling foliate arabesques echoing the exotic motifs that would have been familiar in the Netherlands, as a result of the colonization of the Dutch East Indies two centuries earlier. The spoon, meant to fit into a caddy or bowl, could break lump sugar into smaller pieces by shaking.

This object was donated by Samuel P. Avery. It is credited Gift of Samuel P. Avery.

  • Cake Saw (USA), 1870s
  • cut, engraved and stamped silver.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 2011-7-1

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 17.4 x 6.4 x 2.2 cm (6 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 7/8 in.)

It has the following markings

On reverse of stem: stamped: Dutch fineness mark for .833 used from 1814 to September 1, 1953; helmeted head indicating Assay office, a letter "T" for 1853, and an ant signifying the French import mark from the decree of June 29, 1893; maker's mark: "J K & Z" with a fish symbol above the letters.

Cite this object as

Sifting Spoon (Netherlands), 1853; Manufactured by J.M. van Kempen and Son, Voorschoten (Netherlands); stamped bright-cut sheet silver; L x W x D: 17.4 x 6.4 x 2.2 cm (6 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 7/8 in.); Gift of Samuel P. Avery; 1903-1-32

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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