Dix siècles de joaillerie française, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 3 mai - 3 juin 1962
Trésors d'argent, les Froment-Meurice, Paris-Musées, 2003, p. 11 et 20, et n° 100 p. 212
Daniel Alcouffe, Bertrand Jestaz et Colombe Verlet, Dix siècles de joaillerie française, cat.exp. Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1962, n° 126, p.105
The exhibition catalogue Trésors d'Argent, les Froment Meurice, orfèvres romantiques parisiens, reproduces on page 85 a drawing from a portfolio of orders illustrating a pearl-like coupe. During the short engagement period between King Alfonso XII and his cousin Mercedes of Orleans-Bourbon, daughter of the Count and Countess de Montpensier, Emile Froment-Meurice sent to the Spanish court via the Count of Montpensier a fabulous catalogue of items, testimony of this firm's creativity. It included a drawing depicting an enamel, vermeil and pearl oyster coupe which greatly inspired the vessel that we present. The main difference is the footed stem from the drawing is composed of a centaur and a woman supporting the coupe, probably Deianeira's kidnapping by the centaur Nessus.
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