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The scene in the well of the dish is from the first book of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'. Clymene shows Phaeton the chariot of his father, Helios. The design source is an engraving by Crispin de Passe of 1602, almost certainly after Goltzius. The reverse is painted with the armorials of a branch of the Du Périer family as indicated by the punning arms of a bird between three golden pears.
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FRANCOIS LIMOSIN FECIT', gilded
On the lower edge of the central well, under the main scene
Length: 38 cm, Width: 29.8 cm
Object history note
Acquired in 1857 from the Espaulart du Mans sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 7th to 9th May 1857, lot no.4.
Clymene showing to Phaeton the chariot of his father, Helios, with Du Périer arms on the reverse, painted in enamels on copper, François II Limosin, Limoges, France, signed, ca.1630
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
'Un temps d'exuberance: les arts décoratifs sous Louis XIII et Anne d'Autriche', Grand Palais, Paris, exhibition 9 April - 8 July 2002
Catalogue of the Special Loan Exhibition of Enamels on Metal held at the South Kensington Museum in 1874, London: Chiswick Press, 1875