5 July 2007
AN ENAMEL, METAL THREAD AND SILK PURSE
ATTRIBUTED TO JACQUES II LAUDIN (1663-1729), LATE 17TH OR EARLY 18TH CENTURY
With two oval enamel plaques, one depicting Cupid carrying a bowl of food, inscribed around the edge 'PEV SECHAPE DE LA CASSOLE.' and signed at the bottom with the initials '.I.L.'; the other plaque with two coats of arms surmounted by a coronet; the plaques each surrounded by a border of metal thread and stitched to a pink silk purse with drawstrings terminating in pink silk tassels; minor damages
3½ in. (8.8 cm.) high, approx.
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S. Caroselli, The Painted Enamels of Limoges - A Catalogue of the Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 1993, p. 199.
This little change purse is rare for having survived in such a complete form; usually the textile elements have long since decayed leaving only the enamel plaques. The coat of arms indicate that the purse was a particular commission. Only one of the two has hitherto been identified - as that of the Quelo family of Brittany. The initials 'IL' almost certainly refer to Jacques II Laudin, one of a number of members of the Laudin family who were active in the enamel industry.
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