Thursday, April 4, 2013

Diane de Poitiers: La Reine de la Terre?


A clay Showcase Pipe or Pipe d'Etalage with large figural bowl by Gambier, Givet, France. 


Height 10" (25.5 cm); diameter: 8" (20.5 cm)


The bowl is a bust of Diane de Poitiers.



«Diane chasseresse» de Jean Goujon (ca. 1510-ca. 1565) , Le Louvre
 


with the hair in braids pinned up, diadem and jewelery on the forehead. 





Upper part hairstyle is a loose lid.




On the base is a deer's head with antlers, flowers and leafy branches, cartouche with the inscription "SOUVENT FEMME VARIE BIEN FOL EST QUI S'Y FIE ...".




Photos of the pipe Courtesy Amsterdam Pipe Museum


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