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Cast of a silver salver

Plaster cast

Museum number: A20

On display: Lobby to the Breakfast Room
All spaces are in No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields unless identified as in No. 12, Soane's first house. For tours https://www.soane.org/your-visit

Curatorial note

This is probably a cast of a 15th century silver salver rather than of an Antique piece as Soane believed. There is a pencil note in Spiers’ inventory (1907) that the original salver was designed by Michaelangelo [Michelangelo] but this is unlikely.

Although its provenance is unknown, this cast was in Soane's collection by 1808 when it hung on the west wall of his Lower Office behind 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields, see SM Vol. 83/33. In c.1824-25 it was installed on the south wall of the Lobby to the Breakfast Room at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, where it can be seen in an 1826 watercolour.

The presence of a second cast (made in c.1820) after the same original in Soane's collection must indicate that the original was well-known. As that second cast was made in Rome, it may be that the original was located there.

Associated items

M1044, cast from same original
Vol 82/119, watercolour showing this item in situ
Vol 82/101, depiction

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