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- Author Hans Leucker
- Date of production 1641–1666
- Place of creation Augsburg
- Dimensions height: 4 cm, diameter: 7.5 cm
- ID no. MŻKW V/767
- Object copyright Kraków Salt Works Museum in Wieliczka
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska’s Virtual Museums project
This valuable product of artistic handicraft is a silver and gold-plated salt shaker – an example of Baroque goldsmithing from Augsburg – which was one of the most important European gold smithery centres.more
This valuable product of artistic handicraft is a silver and gold-plated salt shaker – an example of Baroque goldsmithing from Augsburg – which was one of the most important European gold smithery centres. This marked work of the local goldsmith, Hans Leucker, working in the years 1641–1666, is currently the oldest item in the collection of the Kraków Salt Works Museum in Wieliczka.
The goldsmith Hans Leucker made a circular, not too deep, container for salt, on three decoratively curled stems. The sides, with vertical divisions are decorated with an embossed decoration (forged in sheet silver) of stylized acanthus leaves. Acanthus is a plant with large, deeply cut leaves, that occurs in the wild in Mediterranean countries. Its forms have been widely used in ornaments since antiquity.
Elaborated by Klementyna Ochniak-Dudek (Kraków Salt Works Museum in Wieliczka), © all rights reserved