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The interior is almost certainly imaginary (as opposed to being specifically of Whitehall Palace), although the event itself could have been witnessed by Houckgeest, who seems to have been at the English court sometime during the mid-1630s. Charles I owne

The ritual of public dining and its trappings in the time of Charles II

Affabel Partridge (active 1554-79)

Standing salt 1572-73

RCIN 31773

Jewel House, Jewel House

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Ceremonial standing salts, often of elaborate and intricate construction, were used on royal and aristocratic dining tables from the medieval period into the eighteenth century to mark the status of those dining by reference to their position at table in relation to the salt (i.e. 'above' or 'below').

Charles II's cypher engraved under one of the feet suggests that the salt was acquired around 1660, probably from Sir Robert Vyner, who held the warrant to replace the royal plate and crown jewels sold or melted during the Interregnum (1649–60).