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Saltcellar

Saltcellar

Saltcellar
France, about 1555

Saltcellar
France, about 1555, Design attributed to Philibert de l’Orme (French, 1505/10–1570), Execution attributed to Bernard Palissy (French, about 1510–about 1590), Inlaid and glazed white pottery

This rare saltcellar probably was designed in Paris by Philibert de l’Orme, architect to King Henry II, who sent models to the potter Bernard Palissy in the small town of Saint-Porchaire in Poitou. The design combines classical, medieval, Renaissance, and Eastern motifs. The round receptacle on top is modeled on a Roman altar; the pedestal is decorated with Gothic windows; the boyish busts are typical of French Renaissance design; and the inlaid patterns of black clay come from Eastern designs found on book bindings.

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