Cylindrical butter marker


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First quarter 20th Century

  • £131
  • €157 Euro
  • $180 US Dollar


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Carved boxwood tool for impressing a decorative motif on a slab of butter. The cylindrical portion shows stylized leaves while the extremities are incised with the single letters A and B.
Provenance: western Italian Alps – early 1900s

Many different types of wooden tools were created in the Alpine communities for shaping and/or marking butter. Carved molds, seals and rollers could easily transfer decorative motifs to such a soft material. Maple and pear wood were preferred as they did not transfer any sort of aroma to the butter. Boxwood, though more difficult to sculpt, was also appreciated. The most common decorative motifs include purely geometric designs, religious symbols, naturalistic forms (animals, flowers, hearts) and territorial references (heraldic emblems).

Length 12,5 cm
Diameter 3,5 cm


First quarter 20th Century

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Bibliotheca Culinaria began as a specialized publisher providing books to Italy's professional chefs. Our curiosity regarding culinary history led to an interest in material culture and the many tools and objects that relate to agriculture, cooking, and dining.

We've assisted restaurants, pastry shops, and hotels in locating unusual items for their decor and are always delighted to add to a collection of kitchenalia. We welcome the challenge of assembling groups of objects for maximum visual impact. Our stock, largely Italian and French in origin, encompasses a range of materials and eras from Alpine treen to French majolica, from copper pots to Murano glass.

We find objects that display signs of use to be particularly eloquent. Handling them, we are reminded of the lasting impact of simple quotidian gestures and they return us to the particular convivial atmosphere of past times.

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