Flora: An Important Dutch silver standing salt, Adam van Vianen, (Utrecht), 1621
The Marianne L. Dreesmann-van der Spek Collection
Flora: An Important Dutch silver standing salt, Adam van Vianen
embossed and chased as a barefoot flower girl representing Summer, balancing a basket, with little handles, on her head, carrying a basket of flowers on her arm and holding a spray of tulips, on a domed foot of quatrefoil outline, flat-chased signature ADV conjoined and dated 1621 within the fluid lobate scrolls and undulating folds of the base, later engraved with a crest, A Pelican in her Piety, 19th century bowl lining, the reverse of the crested cartouche with a later mark 'JM' conjoined
20.3 cm., 8in. high
509gr., 16oz. 7dwt.
Basket on head with repair along edge of plain salt container part and embossed rim; repair at join of Flora's head and bandaged 'mount' for the basket, the bowl of the salt has been later strengthened with sterling silver, which is not visible to the naked eye but known from spectrographic analysis and thus accounts for the aforementioned repairs, traces of gilding, some pitting and overall wear including to the date '1621' which is none the less still clear, good 'ADV' signature, the underside of the foot scratched gg/s-8, good colour, beautifully modelled.
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