A Photo A Week: Under Glass

Objet D’Art

17th-century Decorative Arts, Ewer, The Louvre, Paris, France

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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