• Three Woods: A Passion for Wal auction at Christies

    Sale 7909

    Three Woods: A Passion for Walnut, Oak & Yew The John Parry Collection

    25 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 31

    A SYCAMORE LOVE SPOON

    WALES, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SYCAMORE LOVE SPOON
    WALES, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Of pierced rectangular form with two star motifs within a lozenge either side of a mirror, with three joined spoons
    22¾ in. (58 cm.) long


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    Love spoons were traditionally offered as a token of love and affection amongst courting couples, and often presented to those absent for long periods, such as sailors. Love spoons were popular not only in Wales, but also throughout England and in continental Europe. The symbolism used in the decoration might include a heart for love; a wheel for hard work; double bowls for a double union; and spheres within cages might represent the number of children desired. One of the earliest known spoons is dated 1667 in St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff.

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    Provenance

    Bought from Peter Gould, Halifax, 2007.