This gorgeous framed plaque was hand painted by a master artist in the renowned factory of Limoges. This type of work was done for the Limoges factory in the late 1950's
The painting is after the work of Dutch artist, Gerard Terborche. This particular scene is one of the most well known. It depicts a charming soldier being served wine and food by a young lady. The soldier's uniform and the surroundings are very interesting and give us a small glimpse of life during that time in history. The unknown artist (the work is identical to the work of Restoueix) has take great care to honor the master painter with the same small details and rich colors, all on an enamel plaque. The added glaze gives the overall scene and dimensional quality. To paint on an enamel piece, which in convex required special skills. This work shows the expertise of a true master. A brass plaque, placed on the mat of the frame, reads "Le Galant Militaire d'apres Gerard Terborche"
The frame is of gilded gesso. It has a curvy edge with arabesques and crosshatching. The back of the piece is covered in red paper. The enamel piece is set into the frame (we have a photo from the side angle). There is an etiquette ticket from the store where the piece was originally sold "F.J. Carmona Limoges. Executes par des maitres emailleurs".
The frame measures: 22 1/4" high x 17 1/2" wide. The enamel painting visible measures: 13 1/2" x 10". The enamel painted plaque is in excellent condition with no visible cracks or chips. The frame is in very good condition with little wear, very few slight chips.
This is an impressive piece. The rich colors and the finely painted Dutch scene give it a true seventeenth century ambiance.