George III Cruet Set

The five associated silver-mounted cut glass cruet bottles standing in a gilt decorated lacquer boat with silvered handle and  lion’s paw feet.

Height 18 cm (7 inches)
Depth 20 cm (8 inches)
English. Circa 1810
The word cruet is thought to derive from the French crue (meaning an earthen pot) and although originally said to have ecclesiastical connotations, by the mid seventeenth century, Cardinal Mazarin had at his table a pair of salad cruets for dispensing vinegar and oil.

 

 

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