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Double Salt (one of a pair)

A work made of silver gilt.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver gilt.

Date:

1798/1809

Artist:

Martin-Guillaume Biennais
French, 1764-1843
Paris, France

About this artwork

This double salt is part of a vast service made for Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Pauline on the occasion of her marriage to the Roman nobleman Camillo Borghese, Sixth Prince of Sulmona.

In the years after the French Revolution, architects and designers adopted the visual language of ancient Greece and Rome to express the new imperial order. Napoleon, hoping to promote Paris’s luxury trades, commissioned several silver dinner services as gifts to be sent abroad. The slender outlines and smooth surfaces of the vessels in the Borghese service contrast with the rich decoration.

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European Decorative Art

Artist

Martin-Guillaume Biennais

Title

Double Salt (one of a pair)

Origin

Paris

Date

1798–1809

Medium

Silver gilt

Dimensions

21.6 × 20.6 × 5.4 cm (8 1/2 × 8 1/8 × 2 1/8 in.); weight of each about 24 oz.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles V. Hickox

Reference Number

1966.111a-b

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