9083
Antique Silver Salt Cellars by Paul Storr

Date: 1830

Maker: Paul Storr

Country: England

Stock Number: 9083

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A trio of superb quality silver salts by the world famous English silversmith Paul Storr. Excellent quality and good gauge silver as you'd expect from this sought after maker. Each rococo sea shell is supported on three conch shell feet and has the original gilt interior.To the front of each is a hand engraved crest. Total weight 393 grams, 12.6 troy ounces. Height 5cm. Top measures 10x9cm. London 1830. Maker Paul Storr.

Literature: The use of salt cellars is documented as early as classical Rome. During medieval times elaborate master salt cellars evolved which had not only a practical use but above all, a ceremonial importance, indicating the relative status of persons by their position at the table in relation to the large salt.

By 1600 the trencher salt was in use in England, replaced during the late 1730s by the more traditional circular salt standing on 3 legs. This shape remained popular until the late 18th century when the advent of the Industrial Revolution rendered both salt and salt cellars commonplace. From this time onwards silver salts were produced in a variety of forms, some with blue glass liners, and had become commonplace on the English dining table.

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