- Museum number
'Grisaille'-painted salt cellar with a scene from Greek mythology and an English coat of arms. This vessel is similar in shape to BM Franks. 1438. Its shallow depression on top is painted 'en grisaille' with a man with a long beard, holding a trident, standing on a chariot pulled by hippocampi (fabulous creatures, half horse, half fish) and accompanied by tritons blowing horns. He is heading towards a woman surrounded by five dog-headed serpents. The foot bears at the front a coat of arms with a stag's head on a shield and the Latin motto 'DATA EATA (sic) SECUTUS' ("I have followed my appointed destiny"), on the reverse a crest in form of a flame, with a banner inscribed with the Latin motto 'LUCEO NON URO' ("I shine but do not burn"), and on the sides flower sprays.
- Production date
- 1740-1750 (circa)
Height: 4 centimetres
Width: 7.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall and Krahl 1994:
The scene illustrates a story from Greek mythology and shows Poseidon, brother of Zeus and god of the sea, and his lover Scylla who is being turned into a dog-headed monster by Poseidon's jealous wife Amphitrite, who put magic herbs into her bath.
The arms and the crest belong to Major William Mackenzie who around 1745 married Mary Humbertson, whose father had a very similar service made (BM Franks.1438; see Howard, 1974, p. 334).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994, Taiwan, National Museum of History, Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics
2002/8 Sep-Nov, Bristol, British Empire and Commonwealth Museum (long term loan)
- Registration number