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These salt cellars are very reminiscent of designs executed by Paul Storr for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. George Richmond Collis & Co acquired models from Rundell, Bridge & Co at their dissolution sales in 1842 and 1843 and the company was renowned for executing extremely high quality copies of items made in former years in well known forms. There is a wealth of information regarding George Richmond Collis & Co in volume I of John Culme's "Directory of Gold & Silversmiths Jewellers & Allied Traders 1838-1914". The company succeeded to the business of Sir Edward Thomason in Birmingham in 1835 and continued manufacturing in the same flamboyant and prolific style. They advertised themselves as "Manufacturers of articles in the highest Classes of the arts" and their popularity was due to their unfailingly high standard of production. The firm opened a branch in London in circa 1847. Mr. George Richmond Collis was Vice-Consul for France, Russia, Portugal, Turkey etc. These double salt cellars would be very useful on a dining room table to-day as one could put salt into one shell and pepper in the other. Furthermore, they are so decorative that they could stand on their own in the dining room or sitting room or the shells could be filled with chocolates, nuts or olives.
|Height||3.00 inch||(7.62 cm)|
|Width||5.70 inch||(14.48 cm)|
|Depth||3.70 inch||(9.40 cm)|