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Judith in a bowl

02 Nov

Just what you need to eat your oatmeal.  And when it is gone, there is a surprise at the bottom of the bowl!

Pierre Nouailher II, “Judith” two-handled bowel, early 18th century, circular parcel-gilt enamel, 18 cm wide, auctioned by Christie’s 7/10/2008 (Lot 55)

Christie's | Fine Art Auction House European Furniture, Decorative Objects & Early Sculpture

July 10, 2008

Lot Description:

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.’

Pierre Nouailher II, “Judith” base of two-handled bowel, early 18th century, circular parcel-gilt enamel, 18 cm wide, auctioned by Christie’s 7/10/2008 (Lot 55)

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?

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