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Pair of salt cellars

Pair of salt cellars

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1790-1791 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gray, George (maker)
    Peter and Ann Bateman (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with a glass liner, raised, pierced and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss Hannah Irving

  • Museum number:

    M.353&A-1921

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The inconvenience of a central standing salt encouraged the development in the early 17th century of a much smaller receptacle which was placed near the individual plate. In the late 18th century, pierced oval shaped cellars on four ball and claw feet and with coloured glass liners in the style of the neo-classical revival were common.

Physical description

Salt, silver, one of a pair with a blue glass liner, the body a pointed oval rising at each end, pierced with a border of vertical slits and a rosette at either end, engraved with laurel festoons. On four fluted feet ending in shells.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1790-1791 (made)

Artist/maker

Gray, George (maker)
Peter and Ann Bateman (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver with a glass liner, raised, pierced and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1790-91

Mark of Peter and Ann Bateman overstuck with that of George Gray?

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 cm, Width: 8.5 cm, Depth: 5.5 cm, Weight: 43.5 g

Object history note

Bequest - Miss Hannah Irving
In the fulfillment of the wishes of John Irving Esq.
Acquisition RF: Hannah Irving

Descriptive line

Silver with a blue glass liner, London hallmarks for 1790-91, mark of Peter and Ann Bateman overstruck with that of George Gray?

Production Note

The mark of Peter and Ann Bateman overstruck with that of George Gray?

Materials

Silver; Glass

Techniques

Raising; Piercing; Engraving (incising); Glass blowing

Subjects depicted

Rosettes; Laurel swags; Shells

Categories

Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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