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Delft Figural Salt Cellar in the Form of a Seated Boy

Object Number: 
1974.12
Date: 
ca. 1673
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 3/4 x 3 x 4 in. ( 19.7 x 7.6 x 10.2 cm )
Marks: 
painted: inside basin: "P" over "I:S" and "1673"
Description: 
Press-molded tin-glazed earthenware salt in the form of a seated figure of a young man holding a basin, which serves as a receptacle for salt; inside of basin inscribed "P" over "I S" and "1673"; painted in blue with green base.
Gallery Label: 
This saltcellar takes the form of a seated servant holding an oval basin. Figural salts are rare: this example is one of five known figures from the same mold.
Bibliography: 
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 297
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Nathaniel McLean Sage
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group