Two salt-cellars, Johannes Lutma (1584-1669), 1639

Two salt-cellars, Johannes Lutma (1584-1669), 1639

silver (metal), h 24.0cm × d 12.0cm × w 802gr More details

The putti supporting the salt-cellars allude to salt itself. They ride dolphins and carry seashells, identifying them as the companions of Neptune, the god of the sea. The figures were inspired by statues by Lutma’s famous contemporary, François Duquesnoy, a Flemish-born sculptor who spent his career in Italy.

On display in room 2.8

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