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Salt cellar - One of a pair of salt cellars

One of a pair of salt cellars

  • Object:

    Salt cellar

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1570 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze gilt salt cellar; the ornamental masks and faces of the Tritons are in silver

  • Museum number:

    624-1865

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of a pair of salt cellars made in Italy, probably Venice, in about 1570. This cellar is in gilt bronze with silver embellishments and represents the figure of Jupiter, the supreme Roman god believed to control the future, standing above the bowl for the salt. There are Tritons and sea-horses below.

Physical description

The figure of Jupiter, the supreme Roman god believed to control the future, stands above the bowl for the salt. Below are Tritons and sea-horses.

Place of Origin

Venice (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1570 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze gilt salt cellar; the ornamental masks and faces of the Tritons are in silver

Dimensions

Height: 30.48 cm, Diameter: 22.86 cm Diameter of the base

Object history note

Bought from the Soulages Collection for £25.

Descriptive line

Salt cellar, bronze gilt, one of a pair, representing three Tritons on a triangular plinth and Jupiter above the bowl, Italian (Venice?), ca. 1570

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 53

Materials

Gilt bronze; Silver

Subjects depicted

Sea horses

Categories

Sculpture; Household objects; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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