A magnificent pair of cast George IV antique silver Sea Shell Salt Cellars made in London in 1825 by the Royal silversmith, Robert Garrard.
The Salt Cellars are circular in form with a shaped gadrooned, everted, rim. Each piece stands on three well defined paw feet, with lion mask mouldings where the legs are attached to the main body. The sides are beautifully decorated with very unusual garlands of a variety of raised sea shells. The interiors are finely gilded and the base displays a full set of hallmarks and an unusual contemporary Crest. The attention to detail is shown in that the back of the legs are also decorated with wavy designs to simulate the hair on the lion's legs. Sea Shell Salt Cellars are seldom seen on the market especially in this condition and this pair are in excellent original, crisp, condition. The work of Robert Garrard is very desirable and is of the finest quality. He was enjoying Royal appointment at this date, shown by the crown above his maker's mark.
Height: 2.45 inches, 6.13cm.
Diameter: 3.9 inches, 9.75cm.
Weight: 22oz, the pair.