- Museum number
Plaque, rectangular; painted Limoges enamel on copper: Allegorical representation of the cardinal virtue Hope. Represented as a young woman, bare breasted, wearing a headdress comprising a portrait bust in a leafy medallion, set within an architectural niche; signed 'P.I.' at the top right and dated '1541' in the sunburst at top left, inscribed at the bottom below the figure, 'SPES'. Painted in grisaille with flesh tints, details produced by enlevage. The architectural niche in translucent green, blue and gold over foil of crude dashes and crosses; details gilt. Counter-enamel translucent and colourless, with Penicaud stamp.
- Production date
Length: 27.70 centimetres
Width: 21.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Verdier handlist, no. 31.
Compare plaque with Fortitude, signed in gold on upper edge IA.PENICAUD.IUNIOR and with several crowned P stamps on reverse, clear counter enamel, sold Christies London 10 July 2008 lot 56 with provenance there stated to be likely to go back to 1790s, Spalding collection given to Duke of Marlborough. Very similar treatment to this panel. See 1913, 12-20, 16 for comments on provenance of the group of four plaques, two of which are now in Baltimore.
See also plaque of Justice, also signed by Jean Penicaud, c1540, sold at Christie's 10 December 2009 lot 721. Dated there with reference to this dated plaque of 1541.This plaque stamped twice P on reverse, inscribed PI on front on left spandrel. Justice acquired by Ecouen in 2010. One plaque in set with this still in private hands, Prudentia. DFT December 09.
See Baratte 2000, p. 88 for ref to this and Barwell plaque 1913, 12-20, 16 as two of four signed plaques by this artist in perfect grisaille.
- Not on display
- Fair. Large area of cold repair at lower left spreading over background and figure - the white now yellowing and flaking.
- Acquisition notes
- Bernal collection: Sale, Christie's, London, March-April 1855, Lot no. 1546.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BL.1546