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Boat-Shaped Salt Cellar
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Boat-Shaped Salt Cellar


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Description The importance of the salt cellar (from the French "salière"), a shallow vessel for salt, on the Renaissance table reflected not only the critical role of salt in cooking but the pleasure taken in extravagant vessels to embellish the banquet table. In this elaborately molded example, the painted marine motifs with sea monsters and dolphins reflect the object's function, since salt was a product of the sea. The ingenious shape of this cellar, ornamented with the heads of hybrid creatures, exemplifies the late Renaissance delight in inventiveness.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/27/1969Treatmentrepaired
8/08/2005Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • A Renaissance Gem Revealed: Petrarch's Triumphs Disbound. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002.
Provenance Jacques Seligmann, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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Period
ca. 1575-1600 (Renaissance)
Medium
earthenware with tin glaze (maiolica)
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.1361
Measurements
7 1/2 x 9 5/16 in. (19 x 23.7 cm)
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