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Bowl

Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1893 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thesmar, Fernand, born 1843 - died 1912 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, plique-à-jour enamel

  • Museum number:

    357-1894

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bowl was purchased from the artist for £71 10s 10d. Thesmar united his training as a painter with his fascination with chemistry when he began to execute cloisonné enamels for Barbedienne. He became a Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur in the year in which this bowl was made. In 1912 Henri Bouilhet described him as not only in the first rank of enamellers, but as the leader.

Physical description

Cup of translucent enamel, "email de plique a jour", the design is outlined by gold cloisons and consists of carnations springing from vertical stems in light blue, green, yellow and white on a dark blue ground; the rim is ornamneted with a row of heart shaped devices enclosing leaves and the bottom bears the double monogram FT and the date for 1893.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1893 (made)

Artist/maker

Thesmar, Fernand, born 1843 - died 1912 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, plique-à-jour enamel

Marks and inscriptions

FT in monogram
On the base in black enamel

'1893'
Date outlined in gold on the base

Dimensions

Height: 1.9375 in, Diameter: 3.625 in

Object history note

Purchased for £71.10s10d.

Descriptive line

Bowl, gold, plique-à-jour enamel, Paris, 1893, made by Fernand Thesmar

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Richard Edgcumbe in Art and Design in Europe and America 1800-1900 ed Simon Jervis, London, The Herbert Press, 1987, pp. 156-7 ill. ISBN 0906969751

Labels and date

Bowl with Enamel Decoration
1893

Thesmar, the leading enameller of his day, was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur in the year that he made this bowl. By working in enamel, he combine his training as a painter with his fascination with chemistry. His speciality was to use historic techniques for new designs, as in this Egyptian-inspired bowl.

France, Paris; designed and made by Fernand Thesmar
Gold, with plique-à-jour enamel

Bought from the artist for £71 10s 10d [05/04/2017]
BOWL
Manufacturer, Fernand Thesmar (1843-1912)
French, Paris 1893
Gold with plique-a-jour enamel
Monogram of Thesmar in black enamel outlined in gold, "1893" in gold.
357-1894

This bowl was purchased from the artist for £71 10s 10d. Thesmar united his training as a painter with his fascination with chemistry when he began to execute cloisonné enamels for Barbedienne. He became a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur in the year in which this bowl was made. In 1912 Henri Bouilhet described him as not only in the first rank of enamellers, but as the leader. [1987-2006]

Materials

Gold; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Leaves; Flowers; Hearts (motifs)

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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