A set of twelve George III silver salt cellars, Robert Garrard, London, 1814
in George II style and of unusually large size, the compressed circular bodies each applied with four cast festoons of flowers between as many lion mask, paw and bun supports, the undersides engraved with a crest below a marquess's coronet, complete with twelve detachable silver liners with gilt interiors, the salts and liners numbered 1 to 12
11cm., 4 1/4in. wide
Thomas Thynne, 2nd Marquess of Bath (1765-1837) and then by descent to
John Alexander Thynne, 4th Marquess of Bath (1831-1896) and then by descent at Longleat
Christie's, London, Furniture, Porcelain and Silver from Longleat, 13 June 2002, lot 449
Robert Garrard's Gentleman's Ledger, 1811-1817, fol. 309 (Victoria and Albert Museum, Archive of Art and Design. MS SD.95.0050)
2nd Marquess of Bath, Heirlooms, 1896 Inventory of Plate: 'Twelve circular salts on feet heavily chased with fruit and lion mask heads.'