Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Trencher (one of a set)

late 16th–early 17th century
Oak and sycamore woods, painted, silvered and yellow varnished; inscription: ink (animal or vegetable)
Diameter: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Natural Substances
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
Not on view
Banquets usually ended with candied fruits or other sweetmeats served on such decorative "spice dishes" of silver or wood. The gold effects were achieved with yellow varnish over a layer of silver-leaf. The verses were written in Black Letter script, with elaborate capital letters in Lombardic script. The verses, either amusing or moralizing, were shared with the other diners.
Inscription: Inscribed in reserved roundel in center: Ask thou thy / wife yf shee can / tell, Whether thou in / mariage haste spedd well: / And let her speake as / shee doth knowe, For XX / pound shee will saie / noo.
Irwin Untermyer (until 1964; to MMA)
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