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Pair of saltcellars
Set of four saltcellars
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 512
Salt was a precious commodity in England during the sixteenth century, and its value was reflected by the elaborate gilt-silver containers that were made to hold it on the dining table. The so-called standing salt was placed prominently to the right of the host, indicating his or her social status.
Inscription: (under base) THOMAS*VARAM*GIFT*TO*THE*CITTIE*FOR*EVERMarking:  leopard's head crowned;
 G (London date letter for 1584–85);
 lion passant;
 indistinct maker's mark, but probably I piercing G.
Location of marks:
(a) - stamped on base of 2 lion's masks;
(b) traces of  and  at lower edge, before reinforcing rim was added;
(c) faint traces of marks near bottom ring;
(d) - stamped in bottom of well;
(e) , and  (and perhaps ) stamped on rim
J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1947; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, November 1, 1947, no. 461; sold to E. & A. Silberman Galleries, Inc.); E. & A. Silberman Galleries, Inc. (from 1947) ; Chester D. Tripp (until 1952; to MMA)
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