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about 1555
6 3/16 x 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 in. (15.72 x 9.84 x 9.84 cm)

Creation Place: Saint-Porchaire or Paris, France
Medium: Earthenware with lead glaze
Credit Line: Bequest of Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft
Accession Number: 1931.224

Acquired by Horace Walpole [1717–1797], Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, Surrey, England. Acquired by the Hon. Mrs. Damer, until 1811. Acquired by the Dowager Countess Waldegrave [died 1816]; presumably by descent to the sixth earl Waldegrave [died 1835]; presumably by descent to the seventh earl Waldegrave; sold in Strawberry Hill sale, London, May 7, 1842, (stock no. 80 [1]). Acquired by Baron Lionel de Rothschild [1808-1879]; presumably by descent to Alfred de Rothschild [1842–1918], son of the previous; presumably by descent to Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon, daughter of the previous, Highclere Castle, Newbury, England. (Acquired by Duveen, New York, NY); purchased by Charles Phelps Taft [1843-1929] and Anna Sinton Taft [1850-1931], Cincinnati, OH, November 1, 1923; donated to the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH, May 21, 1927 [2]; transferred to the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH, September 1, 2006 [3].


[1]. As a "very rare and curious triangular shaped salt cellar, supported by female figures, scroll ornaments and feet, by Bernard Palizzi.” See Catalogue of the Taft Museum, 1995. [2]. The Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts (CIFA) was formed by Charles Phelps and Anna Sinton Taft on March 22, 1927 as a non-profit corporation to stimulate the development of art and music in the City of Cincinnati and run the Taft Museum of Art, which opened in 1932. The Tafts offered $1 million for a permanent endowment fund, on the condition that the community raise $2.5 million in matching funds, which was achieved by December 3, 1928. [3]. Until August 31, 2006, the Museum was owned by CIFA, administered by CIFA’s Board of Trustees, and governed by the Taft Museum Board of Overseers. On September 1, 2006, the Museum legally separated from CIFA and began operations as its own incorporated 501(c)(3) entity. This separate incorporation led to the transfer to the separate entity after August 31, 2006 of all tangible assets comprising the Taft collection.

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