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Salt: C.1418-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Montague Close Pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, pale green and shades of yellow with the arms of the City of London

Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, pale green, yellow, and orange. The salt is of rectangular form with a rectangular depression for the salt in the top, and four feet with foliage in slight relief on the corners above them. The two short sides are moulded in relief with oval shields and the two long sides with winged cupid's heads. The depression for the sale is painted in blue with a spray of foliage surrounded by scalloped edging, and the top edge has a border of blue dots and a broad blue line. The oval shields are painted with the Arms of the City of London, argent, a cross gules, in the first quarter a sword of the second, surrounded by a yellow and orange frame. The cherubs heads are painted in blue with yellow and orange wings. The feet and the foliage above them are pale green


History note: Louis Gautier, Chelsea, by whom brought to Cambridge on approval on 21 September 1928; purchased for £25 on 21 October, 1928 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.5 cm
Length: 13 cm
Width: 9.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Second quarter of 17th century
Charles I
Circa 1630 CE - 1640 CE


Probably made at either the Pickleherring or Montague Close potteries in Southwark. The from was derived from Netherlandish or Italian salts, such as those made in Urbino or Deruta.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, pale green, yellow and orange)

Materials used in production

off-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulded : Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed off-white, and painted in blue, pale green, yellow and orange high-temperature (oxide) colours

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1418-1928
Primary reference Number: 71954
Old object number: 5091
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 6 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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