Limoges first half 13th century
An enamelled bronze dish with the French coat-of-arms
Rolled, embossed bronze with engraved, gilded and enamelled decoration. A finely worked dish displaying a balanced composition using the contrast of the polychrome enamels against the gilding to provide an impressive overall impression. The border picked out in red with an angular gold frieze. The lip decorated with a frieze of six women in courtly attire shown in dancing poses against blue enamel ground encompassed by turquoise arches and delicate gold tendrils. The centre of the bowl decorated in the same colours and reiterating the designs of the rest but with a central quatrefoil motif surrounding a heraldic shield. The coat-of-arms with gold lilies on pale blue ground is that used by the French royal family under Philippe Auguste II (1179-1223), Louis VIII “The Lion” (1223-1226) and Louis IX “The Saint” (1226-1270).
In good overall condition. The lip with two small drilled holes. With dents, abrasions, and minor losses to the enamel. Diameter 22.7 cm, depth 3 cm.