Description & Technical information
The present pair of salt cellars is an exceptional object from the UNESCO world heritage city of Quedlinburg, north of the Harz mountains. The foot has a lively moving form through eight sharp embossed folds. The profiled rim is also curved, repeating the movement of the foot. The large areas between the folds of the foot are richly and carefully embossed with roses, flowers and leaves, which are further elaborated with engraved details. The deep hollow of the salt is raised on this richly decorated foot and is gilt inside. The salt cellars are partly gilt.. The marks, the control sample in zigzag, and the later added inscription are ligated on the bottom.
The overall design and the good condition of the marks create a very good impression on these salt cellars.
Weight: 144,5 gr.
Period: 1750-1850, 18th century
Origin: Germany, Quedlinburg
Medium: silver, Partly gilt
Signature: City’s hallmark: a dog in Q (reference to the city coat of arms) (Scheffler 1980, nr. 576)
Maker’s mark: “ROLOF” in long-oval for Roloff (Scheffler 1980, nr. 585a)
Silver fineness mark: “12”
Inscription: initials „JAG“ and date “1772” later engraved, that is punched, underneath the bottom.
Dimensions: 9.5 cm (3³/₄ inches)
Literature: Scheffler, Wolfgang, Goldschmiede Mittel- und Nordostdeutschlands: von Wernigerode bis Lauenburg in Pommern ; Daten, Werke, Zeichen, Berlin: De Gruyter, 1980
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