Description A gemellion (from the Latin geminus, meaning "twin") is one of a pair of basins used for hand washing, either at home or during the Mass. Water was poured from the spouted bowl and was caught in the second bowl placed below. Many gemellions made in the enamel manufacturing center of Limoges, France, were decorated with secular-themed designs of birds, beasts, or courtly scenes. This example shows a knight kneeling before his lady in the central medallion and women holding coats-of-arms on the surround.
Provenance Desmottes of Lille; Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 19-23, 1900, no. 7; Jacques Seligmann, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, May 16, 1906, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions Inscription on shield engraved on the reverse: SIUT DEMARES; [Translation] I belong to Demares.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1906
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