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Each salt is composed of a spiral shell with a fluted lip on clawed legs. Beneath the lip of the salt is a bearded, turbaned demifigure. The whole rests on a base formed of a tortoise. The handle is formed from the serprent's tail of a fantastic winged creature who perches, as the thumbpiece of...

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Inscription

ARMORIALS: engraved on the lip of both salts to the right of the handle, the Royal crest with the Garter motto and surmounted by a Royal coronet, presumably for the Duke of York.

Marks

To right of handle, lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter i; sovereign's head; to left of hanlde, maker's mark EF (Grimwade 585)

Provenance

Made for, Frederick Augustus, Duke of York (1763-1827); March 19, 1827, sold from the Estate of the Duke of York at Christie's, London, lots 85-86, and bought by Thomas B. L. By 1953, with the Rt. Hon. Earl Howe; July 1, 1953, sold by Earl Howe at Christie's, London, lot 109. By 1985, Villiers David, Esq.; November 27, 1985, sold from the collection of the late Villiers David, at Christie's, London, lot 122 and bought by Robert Eaton, for Museumpiece, Zurich. By 1989, with James Robinson, Inc., New York; 1989, sold by James Robinson to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 25, 1989)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1824–25

Dimensions

H. 22.2 cm x W. 16.5 cm x D. 9.3 cm ( 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 3 11/16 in.) Weight: 1,077.3 gm (34 oz 13 dwt)

Accession Number

1989.313

Medium or Technique

Gilded silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver