Painted Limoges enamel mirror back; copper, oval; set in a rim of gilt metal, beaded; two amorini on either side of a tree in a classical urn; inscribed; signed; painted in semi-opaque enamels, translucent enamels over coloured foils and white-grey grisaille with stippled highlights to the flesh in pink; gilding; counter enamel is translucent and colourless.
How big is it?
7.5 cm wide, 10.3 cm high, 0.5 cm deep, and it weighs 36g
Detailed Curatorial Notes
Provenance: Formerly in the collection of John Spencer Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough (1822-1883), at Blenheim Palace and sold in the sale of enamels from Blenheim at Christie's London on the 14th June 1883 (lot 22). It is unknown when it entered the collection of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild.
- 'Catalogue of the choice collection of Limoges enamels, from Blenheim palace...', Christie's, London, 14 June 1883, lot no. 22
- 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. 47
- O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.47.
- Read 1902: Read, Charles Hercules, The Waddesdon Bequest. Catalogue of the Works of Art Bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898, London, BMP, 1902
- Dalton 1927: Dalton, Ormonde Maddock, The Waddesdon Bequest : jewels, plate, and other works of art bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild., London, BMP, 1927
- Scrase handlist: Scrase handlist
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