Ewer Stand with the Judgement of Moses

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Pierre Reymond (Limoges, France, ca. 1513–after 1584)
Ewer Stand with the Judgement of Moses, 1559
Enameled and gilded copper
7 1/4 × 18 1/2 in. (18.42 × 46.99 cm)
Purchase, with funds from Avis and James K. Heller, and funds from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zadok, Mrs. K. Ingersoll and Mr. G. Kuehn, Mrs. Richard Gallum and Mrs. Edward Purtell, Northwestern University, and the Hearst Foundation, by exchange, with additional support from the Fine Arts Society, the Flagg Memorial Fund, Stephen and Nancy Einhorn,William and Rana Holbrook, the Taubman Company, and Winston C. Williams and Virginia Nelson M2002.181
Photo credit: John Nienhuis
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The striking monochromatic decoration of this vessel is called grisaille. The technique involves painting layers of white enamel over a copper base that has been coated with a black or dark blue enamel. The process is painstaking, and is further complicated by intricate designs such as these. Wealthy patrons in the mid-sixteenth century may have collected objects in grisaille rather than traditional multicolored enamel for a number of reasons: among them, the gray was considered somber and therefore more appropriately conservative for biblical subjects, and the monochrome of Spanish fashion was popular.

Publication History
Winters, Laurie et al., A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 50-52, cat. 13, color illus. p. 51, b/w illus. p. 50.

Atkinson, Tracy. Wisconsin Collects, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Arrow Press, 1964, p. 20, cat. 182.

Parke-Bernet, December 7-8, 1951 [auction catalogue]. New York: Parke-Bernet, 1951, lot 203.
Exhibition History
A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, April 17–June 14, 1988; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, August 1–November 1, 1998; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, December 11, 1998–March 14, 1999; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29–June 20, 1999; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, July 11–September 12, 1999; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Standford, California, October 12, 1999–January 2, 2000.

Wisconsin Collects, Milwaukee Art Center, September 24, 1964–October 25, 1964.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.