This basting spoon appears to have once been the property of either Admiral Phillip Parker King, or his son Philip Gidley King (Jnr.) This piece of silverware is part of a donation which contains no complete set of tableware and covers nearly 100 years suggesting they were owned by a number of different members of the King family.
The early tableware exhibits the more restrained neo-classical and regency styles while the later is characterised by the more curved forms and elaborate design of the rococo-revival period.
Geoff Barker, Curatorial, December 2009
'King, Phillip Parker (1791 - 1856)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2, Melbourne University Press, 1967