A pair of Limoges enamel plaques depicting Francis I and his consort, together with a further plaque depicting an armorial  late 19th century

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A pair of Limoges enamel plaques depicting Francis I and his consort, together with a further plaque depicting an armorial
late 19th century

US$ 5,000 - 7,000
£ 3,600 - 5,100
A pair of Limoges enamel plaques depicting Francis I and his consort, together with a further plaque depicting an armorial
late 19th century
Possibly the armorial of Henri II and Diane de Poitiers, the central cartouche with three gilt fleur de lys, with a pair of H's at the top and a pair of crescent moons below, the pair of circular plaquettes depicting Francis I kneeling before a bible and his consort also kneeling in prayer, all in later giltwood frames.
diameter of plaque 8 3/4in (22.3cm); overall diameter 11in (28cm); length of panel 16 1/2in (42cm)

Footnotes

  • The above three lots are copies of a larger scheme for a retable by Leonard Limosin (French, 1505-1577) dated 1553, produced for Sainte-Chapelle but now in the Louvre, Paris. Louvre inventory numbers, Louvre MR XIII suppl. 208b and 208a.

    Comparative Literature:
    Sophie Barratt, 'Les emaux peints de Limoges', 2000, pp. 180-3
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