• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 725

    A RECTANGULAR PARCEL-GILT AND -SILVERED ENAMEL PLAQUE OF MARGUERITE OF FRANCE, DUCHESS OF SAVOIE

    WORKSHOP OF LEONARD LIMOSIN (CIRCA 1505-1575/7), LIMOGES, MID 16TH CENTURY

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    A RECTANGULAR PARCEL-GILT AND -SILVERED ENAMEL PLAQUE OF MARGUERITE OF FRANCE, DUCHESS OF SAVOIE
    WORKSHOP OF LEONARD LIMOSIN (CIRCA 1505-1575/7), LIMOGES, MID 16TH CENTURY
    With later inscription and date to the bottom right corner 'I I 1574'; inscribed to the reverse in gilt lettering '.Marguerite de France. . D...esse de Savoie'; in a later rectangular velvet-covered frame; losses and restorations
    7¼ x 5 3/8 in. (18.4 x 13.7 cm.)


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    Leonard Limousin was one of the most successful and original enamellers of the 16th century, and his small portraits of members of French royalty and the nobility were in great demand. The format of the present example - a three-quarter profile portrait on a blue ground in front of a table draped with a green cloth - was particularly popular, and can be seen on other enamels by Limousin in public collections such as his portrait of Henri II, Marguerite's brother, in the Louvre (see S. Baratte, Les Emaux peints de Limoges, Paris, 2000, no. OA 7548, p. 156).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY