The body of the salt cellar is raised into the form of a bird; cold-worked decoration creates the look of feathers. The appendages are soldered to the body, and the five sapphires and two chrysoberyl stones are set with prongs. The little gold spoon is forged.
“18K” engraved on foot of salt cellar.
“5/67/Shawah” engraved on foot of salt cellar. “H S” engraved on back of spoon handle.
Purchased at the WGBH Boston television auction in 1967 by Mary C. Lorantos of South Natick, Massachusetts, and made a gift to the Museum in 1992.
Gift of Mary and Martha Lorantos
© Henry Shawah
- Henry Shawah, 1920–2009
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Overall (Salt cellar): 10.8 x 4.5 x 7.6 cm, 0.07 kg (4 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 3 in., 0.15 lb.) Overall (Spoon): 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)
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