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Pair of salts, square base standing on lions' paws. Moulded body pierced on two sides, the other two sides solid. At the upper corners, projecting harpies whose wings support the upper surface, which has a central hollow for salt. Covered in thick white tin-glaze, painted twice on each salt on the sides with arms of Sprecher von Bernegg Grisons and crest above, flanked by the initials IS.
- Production date
1631 (probably before)
Height: 11.50 centimetres
Width: 10.20 centimetres (base)
- Curator's comments
- Initials IS, probably stand for Johannes Sprecher von Bernegg 1570-1631.
- On display (G46/dc11)
- Excellent, few glaze losses.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased with the aid of the BM Friends. Exhibited by the vendor at International Ceramics Fair, London, in June 2006. Acquired by him at Bonham's, 12 November 2003, lot 124. Their VAT status at the sale indicated that they had been imported prior to the sale from outside the EU, possibly from Switzerland.
This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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