A GILT BRONZE MOUNTED PORCELAIN DOUBLE SALT CELLAR
Hard-paste porcelain salt cellar formed by two shells on a rectangular base, gilt bronze mounted with four lion feet.
The upper and central part is formed by a beautiful gilt bronze taking in the shape of two dolphins wound around a palm stem.
Very good condition, a very few wear at the gilding of the porcelain.
Sèvres porcelain royal factory, circa 1848-1849.
Marked with the green stamp “S. 48″ or “S. 49″ at the reverse (the last number is faded), and with incised marks.
Height : 12,5 cm – Length : 15 cm.
In the shapes book of the Sèvres Manufactory Archives, this shape is referenced as “salière double trident”, very close to another salt cellar described “salière double dauphin”. These salt cellars could have been also used as inkwells, an “écritoire dauphin” is referenced with the same shape as the second salt cellar.
It seems that the gilt bronze mounts have been made directly by a special workshop of the Sèvres factory specialized in this metal as for the manufacturing of the vases mounts.