Most of the vases now in the Louvre came from the former French royal collection. This hardstone ewer, produced by 17th-century Parisian goldsmith Pierre Delabarre c. 1630-35, is made from a damaged antique carved sard vase. Sard is a brownish-red type of chalcedony. Missing parts are concealed by the enameled gold mount studded with semi-precious stones. The lid is surmounted by a helmeted head of Minerva.
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