• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 722

    A PARCEL-GILT GRISAILLE ENAMEL EWER

    ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE REYMOND (ACTIVE 1537-1578), THIRD QUARTER 16TH CENTURY

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    A PARCEL-GILT GRISAILLE ENAMEL EWER
    ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE REYMOND (ACTIVE 1537-1578), THIRD QUARTER 16TH CENTURY
    The body decorated with a frieze depicting the Triumph of Venus; the upper section of the body monogrammed 'P R'; the circular foot painted in red to the underside 'P.M.828.' and with two paper labels inscribed '55 P.M. 828' and 'MM 172.'; restorations
    12 in. (30.5 cm.) high


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    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    P. Verdier, The Walters Art Gallery - Catalogue of the Painted Enamels of the Renaissance, Baltimore, 1967, no. 136, pp. 228-230.
    S. Baratte, Les Emaux Peints de Limoges, Paris, 2000, pp. 187-273.

    Although designed in the form of common domestic objects, Limoges enamels of the 16th century were created more for display than for function. The present ewer is attributed to Pierre Reymond, one of the most celebrated enamellers of the era, and is comparable to a number of other ewers in public and private collections. Among these one might cite an example in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (loc. cit.) and another, painted with the same frieze of the Triumph of Venus, offered from the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge, Christie's Paris, 25 February 2009, lot 526.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
    (LOTS 722 - 724)