Pair of George II Salt Cellars by Paul de Lamerie

Date: 1734

Maker: Paul De Lamerie

Country: England

Stock Number: 8653

A pair of superb quality silver salts by the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Each salt with plain styling and gilded interior, the bodies having the original hand engraved decoration. The paw feet are mounted with magnificent lions heads; the quality and modelling of these is outstanding. Total weight 332 grams, 10.6 troy ounces. Height 4.3 cms. Diameter 6.5 cms. London 1734. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

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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