An Elizabethan silver gilt table salt Unmarked
Lot 52
An Elizabethan silver gilt table salt Unmarked
Sold for £21,250 (US$ 36,099) inc. premium
Lot Details
An Elizabethan silver gilt table salt
Unmarked
Of cylindrical form with engraved trailing leaf and floral design, with gothic strapwork, the cover of domed form with stepped edge engraved 'MB MW' and with later 16th/17th century St George and dragon finial, all raised on a stepped foot with trailing guilloche and boss border, height 16cm, weight 10.5oz.

Footnotes

  • To accommodate the growing number of wealthier households, domestic silver began to be produced in greater quantity during the 16th century. Such Elizabethan silver would feature varying Renaissance themes, grotesque and mythological figures, foliate design and strapwork. A vertical figural finial on an object was also typically used to add gravitas; highlighting its presence within the domestic setting.

    Provenance:
    Christies, London, 26th April 1967, Lot 125, £950 to How (Of Edinburgh Ltd), London.

    How (Of Edinburgh Ltd), London, 2nd May 1967, £1045 to The Earl of Perth (receipt available).

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the salt is marked as described in Christies 1967 sale, p32 -'struck in the bowl and borders and cover with a loose group of petals, similar to that found on Elizabethan church plate in East Anglia'. With a possible further mark(?)to the border of bosses on the foot.
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