Translucent and polychrome enamels on copper,
with foils, grisaille, flesh tones, and gilt highlights
Monogrammed S C
H. 9 cm (3 ½ in.); D. 24.8 cm (9 ¾ in.)
Private collection, France
Suzanne Court is the only known female enamel painter to sign her work, often as a monogram —such as on the present tazza— or in full. While none of her artworks are dated, her style suggests that she was active between 1575 and 1625 and was potentially the daughter of Jean de Court (1550–1600).
Her workshop produced exceptional pieces, some of which are housed in museums such as the British Museum, the Walters Art Museum, and the Frick Collection. The present tazza, is characteristic of Suzanne de Court’s style: shimmering colours with bright translucent green and blue, refined flesh tones, gold highlights and a dynamic composition.