Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 6, 2021

The salt or salt-cellar made of glass has been made since ancient times. It is usually a small shallow bowl for holding table salt. The addition of the word “cellar” came into use from the French word salinere.  The Spanish salts (salero) from the 16th-17th centuries have very interesting and beautiful in designs. The first example is from The Allaire Collection.

71E Facon de Venise Spanish Footed Salero

Description: A small Spanish Facon de Venise footed salt possibly Catalonia, of straw-tint. The bowl is straight-sided with rounded base applied with six scroll handles of alternating blue and straw tint, above a spreading foot with bulbous collar and folded rim.  The salt did have a second container which set on the bowl like a lid.  Thanks to Hans van der Weijden’s for his comment and also for sending a picture.  We now know, and are able to show an example with the top container which was used for holding and sprinkling pepper.  See examples 100 and 101 below.  The glass 100 shown is a salt with the pepper container on top 101 is a separate pepper container. Both are from the Museum for Decorative Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

Size: H: 8.7cm, 3 3/8 inches

Date: 17th C

Ref: Fragil Transparencia, 2011 #84 & 85 see below

Hans van der Weijden #100

Additional examples are from the book:  Fragil Transparencia Vidrios espanoles de los siglos XVI a XVIII, Jean-Paul Philippart 2011

This example is from the book: Spanish Glass in the Hermitage, 1970


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  1. wynkin said, on August 6, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Them’s fancy!

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