On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 542

The model for this ewer was probably a cruet of agate with an enameled gold handle in the form of a serpent, made for Cardinal Mazarin, probably about the middle of the seventeenth century and now in the Louvre. Late-Renaissance-style ornament has been substituted for the more naturalistic leaf designs characteristic of seventeenth-century French goldsmiths' work.

Among the drawings for goldsmiths' work by Reinhold Vasters (1827–1909) in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is one for a somewhat similarly attenuated serpent with a knotted tail. The drawing was apparently intended for a handle, and, although there is not enough evidence to be certain of any attribution, this ewer may have been the work of either Vasters or the nineteenth-century craftsmen who executed his designs.

Ewer, Sardonyx with enameled gold mounts set with diamonds, European

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