centred by a raised roundel painted with an armorial cartouche, later pierced in the centre, surrounded by a continuous frieze with scenes from the book of Exodus including the enthroned Moses judging the Israelites, Jethro in the camp of Moses, initialed in gilt PR within a strapwork cartouche on the border inhabited by satyrs and fauns with fantastical beasts pulling chariots, the back painted with interlacing strapwork enclosing masks and winged cherubs' heads against a background with gilt arabesques, initialled P.R. and dated 1561; and a grisaille enamel ewer foot, 16th century, painted with cherub's heads (2)
A similar painted ewer stand but with the central circular plaque missing is in the Musée de Louvre and illustrated by Baratte. Note the similar treatment to the rim including chariots drawn by fantastical beasts and the reverse with interlacing strapwork inhabited by masks.
The source of the biblical scenes are the woodcuts by Bernard Salomon illustrating the Quadrins historiques de la Bible published by Jean de Tournes in Lyons in 1553. The wood cuts were used in various editions of the Bible in French and Latin starting in 1550.
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