Ladle; fluted bowl and bright cut engraving on handle; urn shaped shield engraved on end of handle

Soup ladle, c. 1783

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This pair of ladles demonstrates an evolution in eighteenth-century serving utensils in Boston and Philadelphia. The Revere spoon's shell bowl showcases a popular neoclassical motif and was raised in the traditional manner. In contrast, the smooth bowl of Lownes's ladle was first cast and then applied to a sleek raised handle. Both display bright-cut and engraved decoration on their handles, also favored during this era.

Details
Title
Soup ladle
Artist Life
1734–1818
Role
Silversmith
Accession Number
75.27
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Ladle; fluted bowl and bright cut engraving on handle; urn shaped shield engraved on end of handle