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Collection Madame de Polès; Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, les 22-24 juin 1927, lot 157.
Collection M. Hubert de Givenchy, Paris.
Galerie J. Kugel, Paris.
B. Descheemaeker, Emaux de Limoges de la Renaissance provenant de la collection de M. Hubert de Givenchy, Paris, 1994, no. 18, pp. 84-87.
S. Baratte, Les Emaux peints de Limoges, Paris, 2000, pp. 323-324.
Post Lot Text
A CIRCULAR PARCEL-GILT GRISAILLE ENAMEL PLATE REPRESENTING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN COURT DIT VIGIER, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY
Depicting a man and woman slaughtering a boar, with two attendant figures carrying wheat sheaves, with the symbol of Sagittarius above, inscribed in gilt lettering '.NOVEBRE' to the right side, with an outer border of grotesque masks, bunches of fruits and strapwork; the reverse with four grotesque masks and strapwork, and signed with the initials '.I.C.', with gilt stiff-leaf border; wear to gilding, minor restorations
The Twelve Months were a favourite theme of Limoges enamellers in the 16th century as they could be produced in commercially appealing decorative series. Each month normally included an activity associated with the month and a representation of the corresponding zodiac sign. They were produced by many of the largest enamelling workshops.
The present plate is extremely close in painting style and composition to two plates in the Louvre representing May and June, attributed by Baratte to Jean Court dit Vigier (Baratte, loc. cit.)
For a discussion on attributions to the artist Jean Court dit Vigier, see also the note to lot 525.