Setesdal Ale Hen Bowl by Louise Bath


Ale bowls were very important to Norwegian life and used for celebrations of life on Norwegian farms. The household hosting the event brewed the ale and farmers brought their own bowls to drink from. These ale bowls often were their prized possessions and could be in the shape of birds such as ale ducks, ale geese, or ale hens. Louise Bath embellished this ale hen in the Setesdal rosemaling style.

Louise Bath discovered rosemaling 30 years ago and knew she wanted to explore this extraordinary style of painting. Bath received a Vesterheim Gold Medal in Rosemaling in 2017. She enjoys painting in Trøndelag, Agder, Os, Rogaland, and Setesdal styles. Painted ale bowls in all shapes are part of a great Norwegian tradition and that inspired this piece.

Dimensions: 5 ½ inches high x 5 ½ inches wide x 3 inches deep x 15 inches long

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