Realistically modelled and coloured, the crayfish crawling on white rockwork encrusted with a variety of shells, weed and coral sprigs all picked out in naturalistic colours, a larger open clam shell forming the salt left on the white.
Chelsea porcelain crayfish salts were first made during the Triangle period and these were mostly left in the white. Some examples such as this have enamels associated with the early 1750s have been coloured a few years later c.1752
L. 4.8 inches
This is one of the few models in early Chelsea porcelain with a direct parallel in silver by Nicholas Sprimont. A set of four silver crayfish salts formed part of a suite of silver made for Frederick, Prince of Wales. These pieces bear hallmarks for 1742-43 and although they lack Sprimont’s own maker’s mark, the silver salts are generally accepted as his work. The silver set is still in the Royal Collection and was exhibited in the ‘Rococo’ Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1984, fig. G17. In the exhibition catalogue, a possible source print by Jean-Baptiste Chatelain after Meissonnier was illustrated as fig. O.6. Sprimont’s silver prototype is also illustrated by John Austin, Chelsea Porcelain at Williamsburg (1977), p. 7.