Pedestal Salt

English (London)
1587–88
Possibly by IS


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 12.4 ((4 7/8 in.); W. x 10.2 cm (4 in.); Weight 289.7 gm (9 oz 6 dwt)

Accession Number

33.62

Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The salt is in the form of a square pedestal and stands on four scroll feet. The four sides of the middle section are embossed with a lion’s head framed by strapwork with guilloche and ovolo panels above and below against a matted ground. The base and upper rim rest on inverted cushion-shaped moldings embossed with fluting and lions’ heads with a border of rectangular punching. The receptacle for salt is formed of a separate piece fitted into a square flange and is engraved on the corners with hatched floral strapwork. The body of the salt is formed in three sections; two cushion-shaped moldings each formed of an embossed sheet, and a central section seamed on one corner. The upper and lower rims are formed of stamped and engraved wires. Each foot is cast in two sections. The surface of the salt is extremely worn and is flaking extensively, particularly on the edges of the matted ground in the center section. The well for salt has been corroded and scratched from use, and the gilding in that area, possibly original, is thin. There is some evidence of alteration, particularly on the corners of the top, where the engraving has been reinforced, and on the edges of the flanges supporting the top, where the heads of the engraved birds have been cut off.

Inscription

Armorials: Engraved on each side of upper flange, the crest of Morrice

Markings

On corner of base, repeated in bowl (rubbed): indistinct maker's mark (possibly IS in monogram, Jackson, 1921, p. 99; rev. ed. 1989, p. 95); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; date letter K

Provenance

Spink & Son, London, by 1928; Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1883–1914). (Accession Date: March 2, 1933)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)