Bell salts seemed to become fashionable in the 1550s.
Bell salt by Unknown Artist, 15971598
Photo: courtesy of Sotheby's
- Silver gilt
- Height: 23.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £30,000 ( Total: £150,226; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
This salt has three sections, the lower one on three ball feet, and the upper one functions as a pepper caster. It is chased with strapwork and foliate decoration and bears the maker's mark IB below a horseshoe. Salts were of the highest symbolic importance on the English medieval table and were widespread by the 16th century.
J Dunn-Gardner; Christie's, 1902; Sir Ernest Cassel; then by descent.