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Salt

Date:
mid-16th century
Culture:
French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris
Medium:
Lead-glazed white pottery
Dimensions:
H. 6-7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1744
  • Description

    The seated female figure with her ankle on her knee may represent Venus (Aphrodite), born of the sea and thus a suitable adornment for a receptacle designed to hold salt, although the present example was meant solely for display. The goddess was frequently depicted in this pose, either bathing or removing a thorn from her foot. The other niches contain a hoofed, hairy figure, possibly a satyr, and a putto holding the arms of France.

  • Provenance

    possibly Pourtales ; Charles Stein (until 1886; sale, Charles Stein collection, 1886, no. 97) ; Baron Albert von Oppenheim (before 1904–06; sold to Morgan through M. J. Seligmann) ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)

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