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Salt cellar

Salt cellar

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in polychrome enamels and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr P. Cooke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Salt cellar, porcelain, of rectangular shape with indented corners, supported on a spreading octagonal base with hollow underside, painted in famille rose enamels and gold. The upper rim is with an iron yellow dressing, painted on the hollow centre is the shield of arms, which are of Hudson (Hodgson) probably of Northumberland, Per chevron embattled or and azure, three martlets counterchanged; crest, On a rock martlet; impaling Field, Sable a chevron between three garbs argent; motto 'Sors mihi placet'.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1770 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in polychrome enamels and gold

Marks and inscriptions

'Sors mihi placet'


Length: 8.3 cm

Descriptive line

Salt cellar, porcelain, painted in polychrome enamels with coat of arms, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign period, ca. 1770

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

Howard, David Santuary. Chinese Armorial Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1974, p. 389
Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.14, pl.9




Painted; Gilded; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Coat of arms


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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