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Object Name: Saltcellar
Date: ca. 1673
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Medium: Earthenware
Dimensions: Overall: 7 3/4 × 3 × 4 in. (19.7 × 7.6 × 10.2 cm)
Place made: England, London
Description: Press-molded tin-glazed earthenware salt in the form of a seated figure of a young man holding a basin, which serves as a receptacle for salt; inside of basin inscribed "P" over "I S" and "1673"; painted in blue with green base.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Nathaniel McLean Sage
Object Number: 1974.12
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Marks: Painted inside basin: "P" over "I:S" and "1673"

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This saltcellar takes the form of a seated servant holding an oval basin. Figural salts are rare: this example is one of five known figures from the same mold.


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