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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    WB.39

  • Description

    Painted Limoges enamel plaque; copper, oval; convex with moulded edge; Diane de Poitiers in a chariot drawn by lions; inscribed; background, a hunt with 4 dogs chasing a stag through trees; signed; translucent enamels over coloured foils and direct on the copper; semi-opaque enamels over a white preparation and grisaille; painted with flesh tones, stippled and features produced by enlevage; gilding; counter enamel transparent and colourless, with murky purple flux.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1600 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 28.8 centimetres
    • Width: 21.7 centimetres
    • Depth: 2.5 centimetres
    • Weight: 347 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        face
      • Inscription Content

        F.L.
      • Inscription Comment

        May be a later addition
      • Inscription Type

        monogram
      • Inscription Position

        face
      • Inscription Content

        DD
      • Inscription Comment

        May be a later addition
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        face
      • Inscription Content

        Diane
      • Inscription Comment

        May be a later addition
  • Curator's comments

    Provenance: Baron Anselm von Rothschild, Vienna, between 1866 and 1872 (cat no. 482), by inheritance to his son Baron Ferdinand Rothschild (d. 1898).

    Commentary: As Henri II’s mistress, Diane was a powerful influence at court from 1547 until Henri’s death in 1559. Her monogram, the interlaced DD, appears on the white hound beneath her foot and in the centre of the name Diane. There is a plaque at Waddesdon manor signed 'LL' with Cybele on a similar chariot (inv. no. WI/77/I) which is after a print of Cybele by the Master of the Die.

    For a scientific analysis of this plaque and comparison with a plaque in the Wallace Collection (inv. no. IIIF240) which may have been made in the same workshop at around the same time, see Higgott 2011 (in bibliography).

    Bibliography: Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 39, pl. XI; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.39; Suzanne Higgott, 'Catalogue of Glass and Limoges Painted Enamels', The Wallace Collection, London, pp.270-273, fig. 74.4; A,Meek et al, "Technical examination of the Waddesdon Bequest", in The Waddesdon Bequest, a new look, eds. P.Shirley and D.Thornton, London 2017, pp. 162-3.

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  • Bibliography

    • Scrase nd 174 bibliographic details
    • Read 1902 39 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1927 39 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Some wear

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1898

  • Acquisition notes

    This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    WB.39


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