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Mustard pot

Mustard pot

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1773-1774 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Breant, Vincent (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver and glass

  • Museum number:

    M.173:1, 2-1914

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 1, case CA15 []

Classical pilasters, hung with laurel swags tied with bows, form the framework for this Parisian mustard pot, of a type popular in the two decades before the French Revolution. Like salt, mustard corrodes silver, so a blue-glass liner forms the pot and offers a deep background to offset the silver.

Physical description

The body consists of three openwork panels, formed of pilasters supporting capitals. The pilasters are hung with laurel swags tied with a bow; from the bow of the centre panel hangs an oval medallion engraved with a coat of arms: or a cross pattee gules, with two lions regardant as supporters and the coronet of a marquis above.

Inside of lid. Maker's mark of Vincent Breant; Warden's mark: a crowned K for 14 July 1773 to 16 July 1774; Charge mark: a flower flanked by ornamental fleurons, the charge mark for small pieces of gold and silver registered by the official Julien Alaterre on 23 December 1768, and in use until 1 September 1775. On handle: maker's mark, warden's mark, charge mark again. Discharge mark: a helmeted head, registered by Alaterre as a discharge mark for small pieces of gold and silver.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1773-1774 (made)

Artist/maker

Breant, Vincent (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver and glass

Dimensions

Height: 11 cm Base of feet to top of lid finial, Length: 11.5 cm From side of vessel to furthest point of handle, Width: 7 cm, Diameter: 7 cm Across base

Object history note

A cruet in very similar style by the same maker and dating from 1774-5 is in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris. The type was very popular during the two decades before the Revolution. The arms have not been identified. See: Bunt, C.G.E. "18th C. French Silver" (article archives) for general points.
Acquisition RF: 13/6092M.

Descriptive line

Silver mustard pot with glass liner, three openwork panels formed from Classical pilasters hung with laurel swags tied with bows, Vincent Breant, Paris, 1773-1774

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

Lightbown, R. W., French Silver, p.82, HMSO, 1978

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
Classical pilasters, hung with laurel swags tied with bows, form the framework for this Parisian mustard pot, of a type popular in the two decades before the French Revolution. Like salt, mustard corrodes silver, so a blue-glass liner forms the pot and offers a deep background to offset the silver. [26/11/2002]

Subjects depicted

Pilasters; Swags

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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