Pierre Raymond was one of the most famous and prolific enamel painters practising in 16th-century Limoges, France. This dish is one of two pieces by this craftsman at Powis.
A Limoges enamel oval basin by Pierre Raymond (c1513-1567), decorated with figures of peasants and lords at court, inscribed at each end GENESE XLIIII, the border decorated with heads of mermen, sphinxes and arabesques, the reverse with classical caryatids, angels and two scenes of swans on a lake with a castle in the background, signed with the initials P.R.
Recorded in 1944 Inventory as ‘A 22in oval rosewater dish of Limoges enamel centre designed incidents from the life of Joseph, borders in marks figures baskets of fruit and scrolls etc. by Pierre Raymond' in Tapestry Drawing Room (Blue Drawing Room). Accepted by HM Treasury on 21st March, 1963 in lieu of tax and conveyed to National Trust ownership on 29th November 1963.
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