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The square base of the salt rests on four claw feet, each grasping a crystal ball; the edge is stamped with two bands of ovolo decoration. On the corners of a cushion shaped base, embossed with fruit clusters surrounding applied masks, four pedestals rise to caryatid figures supporting the...

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Engraved on underside of flange, LONDON 1577


On underside of base, maker's mark, a bird in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 104; rev. ed. 1989, p. 93); lion passant; date letter U (struck twice); leopard's head crowned


December 11, 1902, sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 62, to Crichton Brothers, London. By 1903, John Augustus Holmes, Renfrewshire, Scotland. John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute (1881–1932); How, Edinburgh; 1951, sold by How to the MFA for $14,112.50. (Accession Date: September 13, 1951)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1577–78

Object Place

London, England


H. 17.9 (7 1/16 in.); W. 7.6 cm (3 in.); Weight 345.9 gm (11 oz 2 dwt)

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Medium or Technique

Silver gilt, rock crystal