Painted Limoges enamel tazza; copper; deep bowl on a short stem and foot; the confrontation of Mucius Scaevola and Lars Porsena as told in Livy; painted in semi-opaque enamels over a white preparation; translucent enamels over coloured foils and grisaille with salmon pink flesh tones, all on a black ground and gilded.
This object was previously owned by Frédéric Spitzer and Louis Fidel Debruge-Dumenil, and collected and bequeathed to the British Museum by Ferdinand Anselm Rothschild.
Jean de Court
Jean de Court (?) see 6
What is it?
myth / legend king / queen Mucius Scaevola Lars Porsena Livy
How big is it?
19 cm wide, 6.5 cm high, 19 cm deep, and it weighs 366g
Where is it?
London / The British Museum / Room 2A / Case 4b 10
Detailed Curatorial Notes
Provenance: Possibly lot no. 745 in the sale of the collection of Louis Fidel Debruge-Duménil, Paris 1849, then possibly lot no. 544 in the sale of the Spitzer collection in 1893 where it may have been purchased by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild.
- 'Catalogue des Objets d'Art qui Composant la Collection Debruge-Duménil', Paris, 1849, [possibly] lot. no. 745
- 'Catalogue . . . de la . . . Collection Spitzer', Paris, 17 April - 16 June 1893, [possibly] lot no. 544
- Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 45
- O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.45.
- Read 1902: Read, Charles Hercules, The Waddesdon Bequest. Catalogue of the Works of Art Bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898, London, BMP, 1902
- Dalton 1927: Dalton, Ormonde Maddock, The Waddesdon Bequest : jewels, plate, and other works of art bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild., London, BMP, 1927
- Scrase handlist: Scrase handlist
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