I have the pleasure of running the Getty Villa Teen Apprentice Program (ViTA). Each year our goal is to open the museum from top to bottom to young people interested in the arts and introduce them to the variety of… More»
This is called a sauceboat.
Well, this is actually two pieces. A sauceboat (lined in gilt silver) and a flowing leafy stand.
In the 1700s, strict eating rituals known as service à la française and the rise in popularity of soups and stews meant that intricate designs for liquid-holding vessels such as this were in demand.