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Salt

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1805-1806 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Scott, Digby (maker)
    Smith, Benjamin II, born 1764 - died 1823 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2005

  • Museum number:

    M.30-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries, case 9, shelf 5

This salt is one of a set that represents the top end of the luxury market in terms of materials and design (see also Museum no. M.29-2005). The salts were probably made for the royal goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, who were supplied by the skilled silversmiths and makers Benjamin Smith and Digby Scott. The salts would have been ordered by a wealthy client of high status.

The design is likely to be by the French artist Jean-Jacques Boileau, who was active in England from 1787 to 1851. Rundells began producing silver to his design from about 1803. The Victoria and Albert Museum owns a number of drawings attributed to Boileau and one of these, of a tureen (Museum no. 8390.12), is closely related to the salts in terms of design.

Physical description

Silver-gilt circular salt (one of a pair) on three paw feet surmounted by sphinxes , raised on a tri-form base with Greek key borders and supported on ball feet. The everted rim applied with a band of anthemium, the base engraved with a crest.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1805-1806 (made)

Artist/maker

Scott, Digby (maker)
Smith, Benjamin II, born 1764 - died 1823 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Benjamin Smith and Digby Scott
On base

London hallmarks for 1805-6 ( K )
On base

Impressed mark 3
On base

Engraved crest (unidentified)

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 cm, Diameter: 9.6 cm of bowl, Width: 9 cm of base

Object history note

Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2005

Descriptive line

Salt, silver-gilt, London hallmarks for 1805-6, mark of Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith II

Materials

Silver-gilt

Techniques

Gilding; Casting

Subjects depicted

Crests; Paw feet; Ball feet; Sphinxes

Categories

Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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