An Indo-Portuguese gold and gem-set mounted rock crystal covered salt, 17th Century.

The gold-mounted base and lid are of solid triangular blocks of rock crystal hollowed out, the whole raised on scrolling feet and with a double pyramidal finial; set at each angle with cabochon rubies and sapphires, the finial with a pointed sapphire, height 18cm.

1690 Devonshire Schedule: “A Christall Salt & Cover Garnisht with Gold, Rubies and Emrods and with a pointed Saphir on the Top of the Cover”.


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