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Giovanni-Batista  Cima da Conegliano - Virgin and Child
 Anonymous - Bowl : The Dance of the Cupids
 Anonymous - Candlestick
 Master I.C. - Ewer : scenes from the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece
Jan Mostaert - Portrait of Joost van Bronkhorst
Bernard Palissy (Follower of) - Oval dish with « rustic figuline » decoration
 Painter of the Judgement of Paris, workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli, called Maestro Giorgio - Platter : the Judgement of Paris
 Anonymous - Large bowl : two women in profile on either side of a tree of life

Ewer : scenes from the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece

Master I.C.
Production : Limoges
Late 16th-early 17th century
Painted enamel
58 x 12 x 16 cm


Invented in Limoges in the late 15th century, the technique of painted enamel experienced remarkable growth there in the following century.

This delicate work consists of superimposing layers of enamel (a silica-based product similar to glass) on a copper plaque, working them with paintbrush and spatula like in painting, or with a needle (to scratch away the surface and reveal an underlying layer which is lighter or darker). The most prized forms are display items without any practical use – ewers, bowls, plates and saltcellars.

The iconography of this ewer is inspired by illustrations from the Livre de la Conqueste de la Toison d'or [The book of the quest for the Golden Fleece], published in Paris in 1563 and engraved by René Boyvin based on drawings by Léonard Thiry. Jason, the famous hero of antiquity, sets off on a quest to find the Golden Fleece which leads him to meet Medea with whom he has a love affair ending in tragedy.

The ewer displays the rich palette of colours used circa 1600 by the enamellers of Limoges.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : ODUT01245
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
Room 32
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