A 19th century Limoges enamel oval plaque depicting Charles IX of France

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Lot 66
A 19th century Limoges enamel oval plaque depicting Charles IX of France

Sold for £ 600 (US$ 764) inc. premium
A 19th century Limoges enamel oval plaque depicting Charles IX of France
enamelled in blues, greens and greys, reaching for his plumed helmet, beside an elaborately carved Renaissance cabinet, with a black painted and gilt decorated border, mounted within a later frame, 31cm high x 22cm wide

Footnotes

  • Charles IX of France was Catherine de' Medici's fifth child and came to throne at just nine years old. He cried on his coronation and his mother continued to sleep in his bed chamber, ruling the young king emotionally and politically.The Venetian ambassador Giovanni Michiel apparently described Charles as "an admirable child, with fine eyes, gracious movements, though he is not robust. He favours physical exercise that is too violent for his health, for he suffers from shortness of breath".
    The composion of the present plaque is after a painting by Francois Clouet (French, 1522-1572), the only addition is the plumed helmet and finely carved chest to the right of the King.
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