Description This spice cellar, made to hold precious seasonings at the table, is of a typical northern European design. Major trade commodities in ancient and medieval times, salt and other spices were used both to preserve meat and to enhance the flavor of all types of food (often not very fresh). Some spices came from Asia and were very expensive. This whimsical container, in the form of a little ship on wheels, could be rolled from one guest to another.
- Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Victor Gay, Paris; Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 23, 1909, no. 258; Leopold Blumka, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, May 1973, by exchange.
Credit Museum purchase, 1973
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