Just what you need to eat your oatmeal. And when it is gone, there is a surprise at the bottom of the bowl!
July 10, 2008
A CIRCULAR PARCEL-GILT TWO-HANDLED ENAMEL BOWL
ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE II NOUAILHER (D. 1743), LIMOGES, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
The centre decorated with Judith and the beheaded Holofernes; the sides with lobed panels depicting the same legend and framed by repoussé foliage; the underside centred by a coat-of-arms and surrounded by lobed panels decorated with trophies and foliage, the underside of the foot monogrammed ‘P.N.’
Enamel is produced by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing at a high temperature so that the powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal. By the 12th century, Limoges was already the most famous European center of vitreous enamel production – and continued to lead in the 15th century with champlevé enamels (in which troughs or cells are carved or cast into the surface of a metal object, and filled with vitreous enamel). But by 1728 there were only four master enamellers working in Limoges. Pierre I Nouaillier (c. 1657-1717) was the master enameler at this time, but it is likely due to the workmanship that this bowel was made by Pierre II Nouailher (1665 – c.1743), his younger brother.
Two brothers named Pierre? Were they related to Larry, Darryl and his other brother Darryl?