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Stonyhurst Salt

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1958,1004.1

  • Title (object)

    • Stonyhurst Salt
  • Description

    Stonyhurst Salt; silver-gilt and rock crystal; shallow circular bowl chased with petal flutes and matted foliage, perhaps originally enamelled red and green (?); four applied lion masks, from two of which hang faceted crystal beads, and rim stamped with band of scrollwork; bowl supported by oval cabochon crystal enclosed by silver-gilt straps above an octagonal shaft and ten-sided knop of crystal, flanked by two tapering crystal columns and two silver-gilt balusters supported by scrolls on claw-ball feet studded with carbuncles and rubies; domed base and cover are chased with bunches of fruit and masks and studded with carbuncles, and have stamped orolo borders; cover surmounted by flat rectangular crystal from which rises a silver-gilt baluster finial; made after the Reformation and incorporates parts salvaged from melted-down Church silver; rock-crystals with their silver-gilt mounts and the rubies and carbuncles date from the 13th-15thC; hallmarked.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1577-1578 (hallmarked for London)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 263 millimetres
    • Diameter: 94 millimetres
    • Weight: 720 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        hallmark
      • Inscription Position

        centre of domed foot and centre of bowl
      • Inscription Comment

        London 1577.
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        IR
      • Inscription Comment

        Flower between, in shaped shield.
  • Curator's comments

    Unique and original piece with good pedigree, formerly at Stonyhurst College, Lancs,sold by them in 1914, then to Sir John Noble, sold by his son at Christie's June 19th 1957, acquired by Judge Untermeyer in New York but export stopped and acquired by BM. Not in Jackson, marks only revealed once object was here under junction of base and stem. Only secular piece with jewelling to survive.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bate & Thornton 2012 p. 26, fig. 14; p. 286 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1964 whole article with detailed photos bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G46/dc6/s6/sh2

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2013-2014 2 Oct-5 Jan, London, TATE Britain, Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm
    2012 19 Jul-25 Nov, London, BM Shakespeare: Staging the World
    2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, 'Treasures of Heaven'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1958

  • Acquisition notes

    Part of purchase funds raised by sale of duplicates from the Franks Collection of European porcelain, sold at Sotheby's on 2nd December 1958, lots 67-80 and 156-8.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1958,1004.1

Stoneyhurst Salt; silver-gilt and rock crystal; shallow circular bowl chased with petal flutes and matted foliage, perhaps originally enamelled red and gree(?); four applied lion masks, from two of which hang faceted crystal beads, and rim stamped with band of scrollwork; bowl supported by oval cabochon crystal enclosed by silver-gilt straps above an octagonal shaft and ten-sided knop of crystal, flanked by two tapering crystal columns and two silver-gilt balusters supported by scrolls on claw-ball feet studded with carbuncles and rubies; domed base and cover are chased with bunches of fruit and masks and studded with carbuncles, and have stamped orolo borders; cover surmounted by flat rectangular crystal from which rises a silver-gilt baluster finial; made after the Reformation and incorporates parts salvaged from melted-down Church silver; rock-crystals with their silver-gilt mounts and the rubies and carbuncles date from the 13th-15thC; hallmarked.

Stoneyhurst Salt; silver-gilt and rock crystal; shallow circular bowl chased with petal flutes and matted foliage, perhaps originally enamelled red and gree(?); four applied lion masks, from two of which hang faceted crystal beads, and rim stamped with band of scrollwork; bowl supported by oval cabochon crystal enclosed by silver-gilt straps above an octagonal shaft and ten-sided knop of crystal, flanked by two tapering crystal columns and two silver-gilt balusters supported by scrolls on claw-ball feet studded with carbuncles and rubies; domed base and cover are chased with bunches of fruit and masks and studded with carbuncles, and have stamped orolo borders; cover surmounted by flat rectangular crystal from which rises a silver-gilt baluster finial; made after the Reformation and incorporates parts salvaged from melted-down Church silver; rock-crystals with their silver-gilt mounts and the rubies and carbuncles date from the 13th-15thC; hallmarked.

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