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French silver mustard pot

£ 475

Silversmith
Place

Paris

Year

c1865

This 800 standard silver French mustard pot is in the neoclassical style, mounted on three legs with lion mask caps and paw feet connected by cast floral garlands. It has a removable blue glass liner to protect the silver.

Mustard has been a popular condiment since medieval times and grand houses would appoint their very own mustarder, whose solely responsibility was to make sure the household mustard was always topped up. In those days mustard was used in dry powder form.

With growing popularity in the 18th century, mustard was produced in wet form and the desire for a specific container to serve it at the table. This spawned a variety of styles and designs, some of them in novelty forms.

Neoclassicism was born in Rome in the mid-18th century before spreading throughout Europe. It is the name given to Western movements in the arts and architecture that draw inspiration from the "classical" art and culture of Ancient Greece or Rome.

Height
110mm (4 1/4")
Weight
156g (5.02 troy ozs )
Condition
Excellent
Reference
2045
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