Dutch silver écuelle with gilt interior
Attributed to Jan Arentsz van Rheenen
The Hague, 1681
519 grams, 20.5 cm wide
Écuelles were used, in the French manner, for serving broth (bouillon) for breakfast rather than porridge. Therefore, the interior of the bowl was gilded, so that the salty liquid would not affect the silver. Some examples are part of toilet services, like the one in the toilet service of Veronica van Aerssen van Sommelsdijk, made by Gerrit Vuystinck I in The Hague in 1659. For this extensive toilet service Jan Arentsz van Rheenen manufactured a pair of candlesticks in 1658.
Private collection, The Netherlands
-E. Voet Jr., Merken van Haagse Goud- en Zilversmeden, The Hague, 1941, p. 101.
-K.A. Citroen, Dutch Goldsmiths’ and silversmiths’ marks and names prior to 1812, Leiden, 1993, p. 122.
-J. Pijzel, Haags Goud en Zilver, Zwolle, 2005, pp.160-162; 166/167; 168; 172.