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  • Description

    Painted Limoges enamel salt-cellar of baluster shape; copper; base: sun burst above three secular scenes: (1) man in 16th century costume with dog; girl sitting under tree playing lute; (2) man and girl dancing; (3) man and girl seated together; baluster: man and woman separated by rock; saleron: bust of woman; painted in grisaille with highlights in white and painted flesh tones on a blue ground; details in gilding; counter enamel blue.


  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1570 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 11.3 centimetres (base)
    • Diameter: 7.5 centimetres (saleron)
    • Height: 11.3 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Scrase nd 67 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Cold repairs; only base appears to be original

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


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Object reference number: MCT3661

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