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'Bird of the Nile' salt cellar and spoon

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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.

Inscription

“18K” engraved on foot of salt cellar.

Marks

“5/67/Shawah” engraved on foot of salt cellar. “H S” engraved on back of spoon handle.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Gift of Mary and Martha Lorantos

Copyright

© Henry Shawah

1967

Object Place

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

1991.1039a-b

Medium or Technique

Gold; sapphires

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware