Salt-cellar, anonymous, 1618 Canvas Print

Salt-cellar, anonymous, 1618 Canvas Print

The base of the triangular salt vessel rests on three cast, S-volute-shaped legs, decorated with pearls and curling leaves and ending in eagle heads crowned by volutes. The basement is made up of a narrow, flat lower edge; a wide, rejuvenating, S-shaped arched border decorated with a stamped, repetitive pattern of roller work with stylized leaf motifs; a constricted border decorated with a stamped, repetitive pattern of cabochons; a rejuvenating cantilevered edge with a stamped decoration of scales; a narrow constricted edge and the cantilevered arched top. This is driven around a central rosette with three grotesque masks in the corners. On the central rosette is attached a second, gilded rosette, which carries a ball. On it is a cast, also gilded, kneeling at an anchor, hands folded, symbolizing Hope. On the three corners rest volute-shaped supports. They stand with lion's legs on balls, end in winged chimeres and show lion heads on the middle, which hold gilded rings on which pear-shaped decorations hang. The supports bear the top, which is made up of an edge with a pearl frame; a constricted edge and a widening, S-shaped vaulted edge, both with the same stamped decoration as their counterparts on the basement; a rejuvenating, cantilevered edge, with a stamped decoration of scales; a narrow constricted edge and the cantilevered arched top. This contains in the middle the round, deepened gilded barrel around which in the three corners heads of putti are driven. The lower edge of the upper part jumps into the middle of each side; there is always a gilded decorative element, made up of smaller spheres. At the center of the underside of the barrel is a gilded ring attached to which an equally gilded canopy hangs, above the figure of the Hoop. On the three corners of the top, C-volute-shaped supports are placed, each with a bearded man's head resting on a ball and ending in a ram's head, with a jagged inside on which the attachment fits. This is made up of a narrow flat lower edge; a convex rejuvenating edge with a stamped, repetitive decoration of leaf motifs connected by volutes; a constricted edge with the same stamped decoration as on the constricted edges of the basement and the upper part of the vessel; and a high, rejuvenating crowning, driven on all three sides with a fruit bunch suspended from a tied ribbon on a punched field. The bunches are almost the same among themselves. On one side, the bow is conceived as four volutes. This crowning achievement bears a profiled, widening pedestal on which stands a cast, gilded female figure with a cross and a book, symbolizing the Faith. She is naked with the addition of a schematically indicated loincloth. On the corners of this pedestal and on the corners of the edge under the crowning are gilded, pear-shaped pinnacles, resting on constricted feet and crowned by buttons. In the underside of the upper part there is a round opening, in which a wide, hollow screw fits with a flower-shaped head.

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