Standing salt

Date:
1581/82
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.93a, b
Not on view
The finial and its supporting structure may not be original.
Marking: [1] Leopard's head (London assay office mark);
[2] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] D in shaped shield (date letter for 1581–82);
[4] indecipherable within an oval outline (unidentified maker's mark).

Location of marks:
[1]–[4] on half dome of base near junction with vertical mid-section of stand
Courtenay Vivian ; R. W. M. Walker, Esq. (until 1945; sale, Christie's, London, July 11, 1945, no. 229; sold for £800 to Mallet); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)