Known in France as a saloir, this octagonal salt trough was hand-carved and textured by hammering in France in the 1800s. The shallow, circular reservoir would have been used to hold salt used to preserve meat. A ¾-inch thick molding surrounds the interior, set inside of angular 2 ½ inch thick molding that rises above. The cream-colored stone has developed a beige, brown, and orange patina from exposure to the elements and use. Today, our 19th-century salt trough could be used as a decorative garden ornament or a planter for a large bush or small tree.
Estimated weight: 440 lbs.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor losses and buildup, commensurate with age and use. Very light rubs presenting as red pigments. Please see photos for details.