User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.


Start collecting

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 serpent's tail of a fantastic winged creature who perches, as the thumbpiece of...

Show Full Description


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.


To left of handle, liopn passant; leopard's head; date letter i; sovereign's head; maker's mark EF.


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

Object Place

London, England


H. 22.2 cm x 16.5 cm x 9.3 cm. (8 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 9.3 in.) Weight: 1,11.3 gm (35 oz 15 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver gilt