Dating to c.1670-1690, I am pleased to present this beautiful Florentine miniature enamel on copper miniature of Jesus sitting at a table, explaining the Eucharist to his disciples!
Measuring just 3 1/2" x 3" framed, and 2 1/8" x 1 1/2" sight size, this masterpiece in miniature a rare scene of an interior. The artist depicts Jesus at a table, explaining the meaning of the Eucharist to two disciples, as a servant girl brings wine to the right, and a hound, representing loyalty, sits at the diner's feet. Christ is represented as a man of about age 30, with a radiant halo, a trimmed beard, and wearing a red robe and a blue over robe. He holds bread in one hand, whist blessing it with the other.
The disciple on the left appears as a young man, his back to the viewer. He wears a manganese tunic over a green tunic, his boots are also manganese violet, and he wears a soft, violet cap. The elder disciple is depicted as a gentleman with white hair and beard, and he wears a blue tunic and gold boots. The hound lays at his feet, and the scene is both indoor and outdoor, as was typical in Old Master paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries. The overall image is absolutely stunning.
Best of all, this jewel of an enamel is as fresh as the day it was fired, and it would have taken many firings to display such a wide palette! The miniature is set in it's original gilt wood frame, with a backing to protect the enamel. The enamel plaque is 100% intact after over 340 years, with no crazing, losses, or damage, and although unsigned, it is clearly the work of a master! This is easily one of the earliest devotional enamels I have acquired, and it is a delight to behold!
If you collect the FINEST in 17th century enamels, this miniature belongs in your cabinet or in your home shrine! It would also make a splendid gift for any lady or gentleman fond of the best in Baroque-era devotional enamels, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this stunner; up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!