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Alexander the Great

Enameler:
Colin Nouailher (French, active 1539, d. after 1571)
Artist:
Based on a woodcut by Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen (Netherlandish, ca. 1470–1533)
Date:
ca. 1541
Culture:
French, Limoges
Medium:
Painted and partly gilded enamel on copper
Dimensions:
Diameter: 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Classification:
Enamels
Credit Line:
Purchase, John H. and Susan Gutfreund Gift, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.65.1
Not on view
Three of the four plaques by Nouailher in this case are from a series depicting the Nine Heroes—a grouping of valiant figures popularized by Jacques de Longuyon’s early fourteenth-century romance Les Voeux du Paon (The Vows of the Peacock). Longuyon’s poem was greatly admired at the courts of France and Burgundy and inspired poets and artists throughogut western Europe.
Inscription: In gold along the top edge: ALEXAN / DER•MACEDO
Baronne de Nervaux-Loys , Château de Courson, Ile-de-France ; [ sale, Ader Picard Tajan, Paris , June 23, 1976, lot 93 ] ; Private Collection, Lille, France ; [ Alain Moatti , until 1993; sold to MMA ]
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