«January» and «June» from the Khanenko Collection: a broad context surrounding small plates


  • Olga Apenko (Kurovets) curator at the department of Western-European arts at the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National museum of Arts (Kyiv, Ukraine); Chargée des missions at the Louvre Museum (Paris, France). https://orcid.org/0009-0008-9131-1352




Limoges enamels, Pierre Reymond, The Khanenko Museum, Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko, Chaspoux de Verneuil, Chaspoux, June, January, coat of arms, ceremonial service, Etienne Delaune, Baptiste Pellerin, Works of the months, dressoir, applied arts, attribution, Ukrainian art collections, Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko, Protestantism.


The study of two enameled plates from the collection of the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts in Kyiv represents the first comprehensive publication on these pieces, previously unknown to the international art historian community. Diversified in various directions, its primary goal is to outline potential methods of contextualization and interpretation, essential for the future reconsideration of the Khanenko museum's exhibition spaces post-war. Initially, the author delineates the plate's attribution to the Pierre Reymond workshop, establishing their dating and summarizing prior research dedicated to identifying items within the same series. Placing these objects within their historical, religious, and social contexts, the study highlights their usage as part of ceremonial services or 'service d’apparat,' as well as their role as conversation pieces, a term adapted from Elisabeth Currie. Recent studies in the fields of graphic arts and drawing history have updated our understanding of the plates named 'June' and 'January,' providing details that not only allow us to identify graphic models for these enameled pieces (attributed to Etienne Delaune) but also unveil the name of the compositions' conceptual author (Baptiste Pellerin). Furthermore, there is an open discussion regarding the appropriate nomenclature for the service's commanders, suggesting a reconsideration from the previously published 'Chaspoux de Verneuil' to 'Chaspoux,' potentially correcting an anachronism. Finally, the study offers additional details for interpreting secondary decorative elements present on the plates, aiming to supplement and enrich the knowledge within the arsenal of museum curators and art historians concerning these exemplary pieces from the prolific Limoges workshop during the latter part of the 16th century.






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«January» and «June» from the Khanenko Collection: a broad context surrounding small plates. (2024). Text and Image: Essential Problems in Art History, 2(16). https://doi.org/10.17721/2519-4801.2023.2.01