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Table ornament

Table ornament

  • Place of origin:

    Messina (province) (made)

  • Date:

    1680-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Juvarra, Sebastian (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, cast and chased

  • Museum number:

    161-1879

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 3

This sculptural salt cellar is derived partly from the design of a celebrated monument in Messina, Sicily: the fountain of Orion by the Italian sculptor and architect Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli (about 1507–63). It may have formed part of a magnificent group of table pieces. Sebastian Juvarra was one of the leading silversmiths of Messina. He was the father of the famous 18th-century Baroque architect Filippo Juvarra.

Physical description

Cast and chased, the cup supported by tritons and nereids(?) on a hexagonal base resting on three sea-horses, the cover formed by three dolphins upholding an amorino.

Place of Origin

Messina (province) (made)

Date

1680-1699 (made)

Artist/maker

Juvarra, Sebastian (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, cast and chased

Marks and inscriptions

Mark: 'seba ivari' with crowned shield of arms, for Sebastian Juvarra of Messina

Dimensions

Height: 28 cm, Diameter: 15 cm circa

Object history note

Check object file. An important piece of Baroque silver by the father of the celebrated architect Filippo Juvaro.

Descriptive line

Table ornament or salt cellar in the form of Messina's fountain of Orion by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli, made by Sebastian Juvarra, Messina (province), 1680-1699

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

Hernmarck, Carl. 2 vols., The Art of the European Silversmith 1430-1830, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London and New York, 1977, vol. 2, plate 453.
Griseri, Angela. Oreficeria Barocca. Novara: Istituto Geografico de Agostino, 1985, pp. 32-3.
Check Christie's, NYC, April 17, 1996 lot 53, and April 19, 1990 lot 108.

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
The salt cellar is derived partly from the design of Messina's celebrated monument, the fountain of Orion by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli, and might originally have formed part of a magnificent table garniture. Sebastiano Juvarra was father of the famous 18th century baroque architect, Filippo Juvarra, and one of the leading silversmiths of Messina in Sicily. [26/11/2002]
1. TABLE ORNAMENT
ITALIAN (messina); late 17th century
Silver
Mark of Sebastiano Juvara (1609-1705)

An important piece of Baroque silver by the father of the celebrated architect Filippo Juvaro. [1970-1980]

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Cast; Chased

Subjects depicted

Dolphins; Sea horse

Categories

Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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