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Sotheby's, Baden-Baden, les 5-21 oct. 1995, lot 414.
Galerie J. Kugel, Paris.
Ce lot a été acquis auprès de la Galerie J. Kugel, Paris.
This lot was purchased from Galerie J. Kugel, Paris.
S. Baratte, Les Emaux Peints de Limoges, Paris, 2000, pp. 66-68.
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TWO CIRCULAR PARCEL-GILT POLYCHROME ENAMEL PLAQUES DEPICTING HECTOR AND GODEFROY ON HORSE BACK
ATTRIBUTED TO COULY NOUAILHER, MID 16TH CENTURY
Each depicted on horseback, and described in gilt around the edge, respectively, 'HECTOR DE TROYE' and 'GODEFROY. DE. BLIHON', the former also monogrammed with 'A' and the latter 'I'; each in a later ebonised moulded wood frame
These roundels once formed part of the collection of the Margraves of Baden, and were produced as part of a set of Nine Worthies. These Worthies, highly admired in the Middles Ages and frequently reproduced by Limoges enamellers, were meant to embody all the best qualities of chivalrous behaviour (for a more detailed discussion of the Nine Worthies see also note to lot 546).
The attribution of the present enamels to Nouailher is based upon their close stylistic comparison to other enamels of Worthies also attributed to his hand. Examples of Julius Caesar and Joshua exist in the Louvre (see Baratte, loc. cit.), as well as four that recently entered the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (published in 'Recent Acquisitions 1992-93', The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Fall 1993, p. 31). Another pair, representing Roland and Godefroy de Bouillon, were sold from the collection of the Earl of Rosebery in 1977 (Sotheby's, London, 18 May 1977, lot 1115).