An extremely rare and early Chelsea Crayfish Salt of the Incised Triangle Period
An extremely rare and early Chelsea Crayfish Salt of the Incised Triangle Period, beautifully modelled after the original Silver model by Nicholas Sprimont, with a crayfish cast from life, crawling across a rock before a naturalistic up turned clam shell, applied with cast natural English shells and sieved clay simulated seaweeds and corals.
Length: 4 ½ Ins. (11.5cms.)
A Silver-gilt crayfish salt from a set of four all hallmarked by Nicholas Sprimont (NS*) for 1743 made to augment a service for Frederick Prince of Wales. See Elizabeth Adams, Chelsea Porcelain, p. 18 and pls. 5 and 6. The design was probably suggested by a print in a series published in France in 1734 based on vegetables and game, after originals by J.A.Meissonnier. See also F.S. Mackenna, Chelsea Porcelain, The Triangle and Raised Anchor Wares, pl. 55, fig. 109.
Provenance: Private English Collection H.S.Marsham-Townsend Esq Scadbury Park. Sotheby and Co. 4th May 1954. lot 95.
Item No. 1531