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Plaque, rectangular; painted Limoges enamel on copper: Allegorical representation of the cardinal virtue Faith. Represented as a young woman, half-length figure set within an architectural niche, her shadow appearing, holding a cross with the crucified Christ; signed 'I' at top right, inscribed at the bottom 'FIDES'. Painted in grisaille with flesh tints, details produced by enlevage. The background of translucent brown enamels; the details gilt. Counter-enamel a milky flux, stamped twice with the Pénicaud stamp. Reverse with paper label inscribed 'Barwell / 10'. Counter enamel heavily damaged.
- Production date
- 1541 (circa)
Length: 27.70 centimetres
Width: 21.15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Compare Fortitude, ex Blenheim Palace Sale 1883, lot 65A unsold, then Lucien Cottreauand sold Cottreau Sale 1910 lot 55. In other words the Christies plaque and two companion pieces with Temperance and Charity in Baltimore are all ex Blenheim and Cottreau. Another in a private collection.
For Christies see sale London 10 July 2008, lot 56. Also has Penicaud stamps in transparent counterenamel on reverse. Undoubtedly the same hand. DFT
- Not on display
- Poor. Extensive damage at bottom left, centre right, centre left, moving into face.
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