Lot 3
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French, Limoges, early 13th century

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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  • Incense boat
  • partially gilt and champlevé enamelled copper
  • French, Limoges, early 13th century


Ruiz collection, Madrid, until 1949;
with Ernest Brummer, New York;
his sale, Galerie Koller, Zurich, 17 October 1979, lot 234

Catalogue Note

From the early 13th century the enamelling workshops of Limoges began to produce a vessel for storing incense which because of its boat-like shape became known as a navette, from the French word for a small ship. These navettes normally have handles in the form of dragons' heads to protect the contents. A similar navette is in the Musée de Cluny in Paris (inv. no. 11157).