13 June 2002
A PAIR OF RECTANGULAR ENAMEL PLAQUES REPRESENTING AIR AND WATER
By Jacques I Laudin, second half 17th century
Painted in grisaille with gold highlights; each with a reserve across the bottom, one inscribed '.AER.' and signed with initials '.I.L.', the other inscribed '.AQVA.'; the reverse of each inscribed '.Laudin.Emaillieur./.a.Limoges./.I.L.'; each in later parcel-gilt and ebonised wooden frames inscribed '371' and '370'.
Minor losses to the edge of the enamels; minor damages to frames.
7 x 6 in. (18 x 15.2 cm.) each (2)
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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, no. 44, pp. 200-203.
Jacques I Laudin was from a dynasty of enamellers who were active in Limoges in the 17th and 18th centuries. The images used on the enamels here are undoubtedly from print sources; the peasant figure with birds was also used by Laudin in the well of a two-handled bowl in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (loc. cit).
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