Salt Cellar

English (London)
about 1745–49
Made at Chelsea Manufactory (England, active 1745-1769)


Dimensions

Overall: 7 x 14 x 12.7 cm (2 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 in.)

Accession Number

1988.710

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel decoration

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Crayfish salt like 30.356 but crayfish in opposite direction and with rocks in natural colors. Peach fluorescence.


Early Chelsea models were often inspired by contemporary silver. This salt cellar was based on an engraving of the 1730s by Parisian silversmith and designer Juste-Aurèle Meissonier.

Inscription

unmarked

Provenance

By 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz [see note 1]; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988)

NOTES:
[1] From June 25, 1973, on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz.

Credit Line

Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection