Delft Figural Salt Cellar in the Form of a Seated Boy

Delft Figural Salt Cellar in the Form of a Seated Boy
Delft Figural Salt Cellar in the Form of a Seated Boy
Title
Delft Figural Salt Cellar in the Form of a Seated Boy
Date 
ca. 1673
Medium 
Earthenware
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 3/4 x 3 x 4 in. ( 19.7 x 7.6 x 10.2 cm )
Description 
Press-molded tin-glazed earthenware salt in the form of a seated figure of a young man holding a basin, which serves as a receptacle for salt; inside of basin inscribed "P" over "I S" and "1673"; painted in blue with green base.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Nathaniel McLean Sage
Object Number 
1974.12
Marks 
painted: inside basin: "P" over "I:S" and "1673"
Gallery Label 
This salt is one of a group of five figures from the same mold. Two have candle holders on the shoulders as well as a basin resting on the knees. The only other example with just a basin, from the Chorley Collection, sold at Christie's on January 25, 1993.
Bibliography 
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 297
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group