Benvenuto Cellini created this spectacular salt cellar in Paris, working to a commission from Francois 1 of France. This is universally regarded as one of the greatest of all Renaissance artefacts, a triumph of the imagination wrought in gold. It is Cellini’s only fully authenticated work in the metal.Despite its extravagance, this was an item intended for practical use. Salt had been a highly prized commodity since Ancient Rome where soldiers had been paid in salt (the origin of today’s term...
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