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17th Century? German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11181
Period: 17th Century
Year: 17th century?
Silversmith:
Place: Germany
Price: $ 540.00
Weight: 108 grams
Dimensions: 8.8 cm diameter, 4.5 cm height
Condition: Very good, very minor split to 1 piece of piercing.

Description: An interesting open salt in triangular form, with central circular salt, and 3 cast hoof feet. The salt is decorated with 3 male busts, with high collars and long flowing hair, completed with hanging swags, which are repeated in the hand chased pierced border, which is very intricate with gadrooning and balls. The triangles on top have a floral design. Three hallmarks are present, small crown, large Fleur De Lys, and small device (possibly flower in pot?). We are not able to positively identify these hallmarks, one possibility in Neisse on the Polish border, but all assistance welcome, thank you. We have found similar examples of this triangular formed salt in the V&A museum, hence our tentative attribution to 17th century Germany, they are described as "Small triangular salt cellars mounted on three feet were common pieces of tableware in affluent homes in late 16th-century Germany. The cities of southern Germany dominated the goldsmiths craft there from the 15th to the early 19th centuries. Their goldsmiths and merchants travelled widely, the former sometimes settling in cities that promised new sources of patronage, the latter selling silver goods as far north as the Baltic Sea and as far east as Russia." We have also found a similar example in the British museum, donated by Rothschild, originally described as German circa 1550, but now thought to be Swiss 19th century from Bossard workshop in Lucerne - so the possibility exists this is a 19th century copy.
17th Century? German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy
17th Century? German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy

17th Century? German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy
German Silver Triangular Salt

17th Century? German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy
German Silver Triangular Salt bust decoration

17th Century? German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy
German or Swiss silver triangular salt - bust

17th Century? German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy
German Silver Triangular Salt decoration

17th Century? German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy
German Silver Triangular Salt base

17th Century? German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy
17th Century German Silver hallamarks - or later 19th Century copy

17th Century? German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy
17th Century German Silver Triangular Salt - or later 19th Century copy

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