|Title: “BONNET DE PRÊTRE”
(Meaning, “priest’s hat” in French and pronounced, “beau-nay de pra-trah”)
Size: 19.75” W x 13.125” H (unframed) Available
The English word “patty pan” as it relates to squash was derived from the French word, “pâtisson” that described a cake that was made in a scalloped mould that was very much a product of Province in France. But many in France had never seen the mold or the cake and so they referred to these scalloped squashes by something they were not only familiar with, saw every day, but also closely resembled, bonnet de prêtre. Or priest’s hat that in the 18th century resembled these squashes, scallops and all.
Acrylic paints on heavy French watercolor paper, bathed in archival UV-resistant polymers, bordered with insets of mid-1800s Japanese calligraphy from a grocer’s ledger of accounts, adorned at each corner with a 10th – 12th century Chinese cash coin affixed using melted religious wax collected from holy temples and monasteries, with outside border panels wrapped in gilded bamboo threads, all mounted onto archival museum board.