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Ornately Framed French Enamel ‘La Porteuse d’Eau’

Item Description

French enamel on copper Orientalist picture of a young female water carrier arriving at the water source carrying a large vessel on her covered head.

She’s seen stepping down towards the pool and is about to fill her container with cool, fresh water.

The ‘porteuse d’eau’ was a classic subject for early Art Nouveau artists and has been depicted in many sculptures, paintings and other works of that era.

This is a very fine example of the enameller’s craft with the main subject standing out strongly, framed by the edge of a wall against a rocky and rather barren looking background.

The copper plaque is firmly set in an extremely ornate carved wood frame, this being in the form of the somewhat derelict looking facade of an ancient building, with palms on one side and ivy snaking its way up the other. The frame shows evidence of having been visited by woodworm at some time in the past but is now clear of this pest. 

A few of the tips of the palm fronds have been lost over the 120 plus years of its life but in our opinion this piece still displays quite beautifully.  It may be wall hung or free standing using the folding easel stand at the back.

Signed lower right with a signature we’re unable to decipher with certainty but which looks to read A. Abaynier.

Approximately 53 cm high by 30 cm wide overall with the visible enamel image measuring 24 X 16 cm.

Ref: 15206

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