- Museum number
Salt, moulded in a boat-like form with ends terminating in rams' heads and lions' masks, oval well with beaded surround, on either side bearded grotesque faces. Earthenware, presumed tin-glazed, painted with grotesque monsters on the sides, on the shoulders alla porcellana decoration. In the well an impresa of burning asbestos and the motto "ARDET AETERNUM". Made at the time of the marriage of Alfonso II d'Este and Margherita Gonzaga in 1579.
- Production date
- 1585-1600 (circa)
Height: 15.50 centimetres (max)
Width: 19.50 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- See a medal in C&M which also has the inscription ARDET AETERNUM; registration no. G3,FerrM.81. See also a pilgrim flask; P&E registration no. WB.64.A.
- On display (G46/dc4)
- Exhibition history
1989 12 Sep-15 Oct, Glasgow, Art Gallery & Museum, Ceramics for the Italian Renaissance
1989 22 Jan-2 Apr, Stoke-on-Trent, City Museum & Art Gallery, Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Fountaine Sale lot 61 Christie's 16-19 June 1884.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number