Double salt with caster, c 1590.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Double salt with caster, c 1590.

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Description

An ornate Spanish engraved silver gilt double salt. Ceremonial salt cellars such as this occupied pride of place at the dining tables of the wealthy in the late Middle Ages and early Renaisance. Gilt is a thin layer of gold leaf or paint applied onto an underlying metal, in this case silver.
 

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10255888
 

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