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"Four Seasons" enamel liqueur service

Silversmith:
Elias Adam (German, ca. 1669–1745, master 1703)
Enameler:
Enamel attributed to Johann Jacob Priester I (1658–1726, master ca. 1688)
Artist:
Enamels based on copper engravings by Jean-Baptiste de Poilly (French, 1669–1728)
Artist:
After paintings by Pierre Mignard (French, Troyes 1612–1695 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1710
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Silver-gilt, enamel, copper
Dimensions:
Height (bottle): 24 cm (9 7/16 in.); Height (each beaker): 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.)
Classifications:
Enamels, Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Acquisitions Fund, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.387a–j
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
The goldsmith Elias Adam was a leading specialist in mounting miniature-like enameled ensembles. He worked several times with Johann Jacob Priester I, arguably the best enamel artist of his time in Southern Germany. The precious mounts augment the sumptuous nature of the enamels, which are based on engravings by Jean-Baptiste de Poilly (1669–1728) after paintings by Pierre Mignard (1612–1695). Mignard’s Four Seasons series, now destroyed, was created in 1686–1691 for the Galerie d’Apollon at the Château Saint-Cloud. The enameller managed to elegantly condense several mythological scenes from the monumental ceiling paintings, transforming them into a minute table ornament. Probably rarely used for drinking, the items were likely carefully handled to explore its delicate depictions.
Marking: Marked on foot, tray, superstructure and bottle: [1] pinecone (town mark for Augsburg, 1707–11); [2] maker's mark of Elias Adam
Private Collection, France (until 2003) ; [ sale, Rieunier & Associés , Paris, June 20, 2003, lot 70; sold to an anonymous agent ] ; [ Galerie Aveline, Paris , 2015; sold to MMA ]
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