CAUCASIAN STYLE SILVER WINE SPOON
This artifact was made in the 1700s in the Caucasus region. It's style is niello decoration comprising fleurons. The long handle holds the cup in a scroll design connection, on which is engraved an Armenian inscription on the above and lower sides of the handle in bold capitals.
Silver 110g, Length is 33.5 cm.
The bottom of the spoon has three identical silver or maker's hall-mark. The origin of the spoon depends on the reading of the hallmarks.
The inscription reads,
in memory of Ohannes Handchian 1805"
It is quite conceivable that this is not a wine spoon but a baptismal ladle, which a godfather has presented to his godchild. It was once in the Kelekian collection and was auctioned on June 18th, 2001 in Paris.
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