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Standing salt

Standing salt

  • Place of origin:

    Utrecht (city) (made)

  • Date:

    1624 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eeioet, Fransoys (maker)
    Elioet, Frederick (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, parcel-gilt, chased and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:

    M.81-1914

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 5

Ceremonial standing salt cellars were important pieces of dining silver throughout northern Europe from the 15th to the 17th centuries, a reflection of the precious status of salt, a natural taste enhancer and preservative. The placement on the table of the salt cellar (often referred to simply as a 'salt') marked the place of the host or the high status of an important guest. This example is decorated with bells, a gilt military figure and engraved ornament. The three holes on the upper surface suggest that some further decorative features have been lost.

Physical description

Triangular salt with circular bowl supported on a platform by 3 winged figures standing on spheres all on a chased and engraved triangular base. Triumphant gilt military figure in centre. Three hanging bells. With top part missing.

Place of Origin

Utrecht (city) (made)

Date

1624 (made)

Artist/maker

Eeioet, Fransoys (maker)
Elioet, Frederick (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, parcel-gilt, chased and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

On underside of base in centre: maker's mark a set of antlers, probably for Fransoys Elioet (1607-1642); town mark of Utrecht for 1624, date letter G for 1624 or 1646.

Dimensions

Height: 14.00 cm, Length: 14.00 cm, Width: 14.00 cm

Object history note

Fitzhenry Gift

Descriptive line

Dutch. Mark of Franccoys Eelioet. Utrecht mark for 1624; Silver, Continental

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

The Golden Age of Dutch Silver, Charles Oman, V&A 1953; Bulletin unn net Rijksmuseum, Jaargang 37, 1989, nummer 2, P.57, pl. 5.

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
Ceremonial standing salt cellars were an important form throughout northern Europe from the 15th to 17th centuries. They were intended as a mark of status for the host or most important guest at the table. This example has lost three bracket elements from the upper corners. [26/11/2002]

Production Note

probably 1624; Fransoys Eeioet or Frederick Elioet

Categories

Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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