Porsia and Giorgio Busetto
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A COLLECTION OF SILVER AND CRYSTAL CRUET STANDS
|The Italian, French and "Continental"
tradition refers to "cruet stand" as the oil and vinegar
container, sometimes with salt and pepper shakers,
rarely accompanied by spice, mustard or other condiment
casters, bottles and jars.
These objects are named in Italy "portaoliera",
"ampolliera", "olio e aceto" and in England "Warwick
cruet stand", "soy stand", "box cruet stand".
Silver examples are, usually, the most valuable under
the artistic aspect, but excellent artifacts in ceramic
and porcelain still exist. Most silver cruet stands rest on a
four footed base with a tall central handle with a ring on
the top. Pierced baskets on each side of the handle are
used to contain the bottles, sometimes with a pair of
circular supports to lodge bottles' stoppers.
English cruet stands have a larger number of
containers (sometimes 8 or more) consisting of bottles,
casters and jars and a large variety of condiments used
to give a special flavors to food. The " Warwick Cruet",
takes its name from that one realized by Anthony Nelme
in 1715 for the Duke of Warwick (three silver casters
and two glass bottles).
In this page Attilio Porsia presents his collection of
Italian (Genoa) and French (Paris) silver cruet sets
made between the end of 18th and the first half of 19th
(Directoir Style) "torretta" (1)802
Oval tray dimensions: max 18,5 cm, min 10 cm
Weight 348 gr.
stand - Genoa, "Restoration" Period (circa 1840)
Rectangular tray dimensions: cm. 24 x 10
Weight: 725 gr.