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Salière 'simple'
  • Two Salt-cellars
  • Salière 'simple'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux (born 1730), Gilder
    Probably Jean-Nicolas Bastin (+1785), (mounts)
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1780 - 1783 (porcelain)
    1781 - 1783 (silver-gilt mounts)
  • Soft-paste porcelain and gilded with silver gilt mounts
  • C470 with mounts, Object size: 5.1 x 7.9 x 6.5 cm
    C471 with mounts, Object size: 5 x 8 x 6.6 cm
  • Mark: Interlaced Ls
    Gilder's mark: '#' for Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux
    Discharge mark: For the sous-fermier Henry Clavel, for small objects, 1781-1783
  • C470-1
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • The name of this salt-cellar 'salière simple' distinguishes it from other types with two or three compartments. These particularly rare examples feature elaborate silver-gilt mounts. Decorated with a turquoise blue ground and a gilded band around the recess on the top, they form a set with a matching mustard pot (C469). The porcelain components were especially commissioned from the manufactory by Jean-Nicolas Bastin (op. 1774-85), a previous employee at Sèvres who later specialised in metalwork.