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Saltcellar (one of a pair)

Enameler:
Maker: Pierre Reymond Pierre Reymond (born 1513, working 1537, died after 1584)
Date:
ca. 1540–45
Culture:
French, Limoges
Medium:
Painted enamel on copper, partly gilt
Dimensions:
2 x 2 1/2 in. (5.1 x 6.4 cm)
Classification:
Enamels
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.273
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
Pierre Reymond, Colin Nouailher (active by 1539), and Léonard Limosin (ca. 1505–1575/77) were among the earliest enamelers in Limoges to decorate hollow wares. Both Reymond and Nouailher painted scenes of frolicking infants; in this case, the scenes were partly based on an engraving of 1529 by the Italian master IB. Another pair of salts, similar in form and style and signed with Reymond’s initials, is now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Limoges.
Charles Mannheim (in 1898) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York ; Michael Friedsam , New York (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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