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16th or 17th Century Rare Enamel Plaque Grisaille Crucifixion France
Up for sale is a very rare plaque slightly curved polychrome enamel on a copper plaque. The plaque was made using the technique named Grisaille Enamel; Grisaille is a style of painted enamels developed by the Limousin Family, in which style opaque white enamel is stippled and built up on a dark blue or black background.
The following is an extract from Wikipedia:
Leonard Limousin (or Limosin) (c. 1505 – c. 1577) was a French painter, the most famous of a family of seven Limoges enamel painters, the son of a Limoges innkeeper.
He is supposed to have studied under Nardon Pénicaud. He was certainly at the beginning of his career influenced by the German school indeed, his earliest authenticated work, signed L. L. and dated 1532, is a series of eighteen plaques of the Passion of the Lord, after Albrecht Dürer, but this influence was counterbalanced by that of the Italian masters of the school of Fontainebleau, Pimaticcio, Rosso, Giulio Romano and Andrea Solari, from whom he acquired his taste for arabesque ornament and for mythological subjects. Nevertheless, the French tradition was sufficiently ingrained in him to save him from becoming an imitator and from losing his personal style.
In 1530 he entered the service of Francis I as painter and varlet de cliambre, a position which he retained under Henry II. For both these monarchs he executed many portraits in enamel—among them quite a number of plaques depicting Diane de Poitiers in various characters, plates, vases, ewers, and cups, besides decorative works for the royal palaces, for, though he is best known as an enameller distinguished for rich color, and for graceful designs in grisaille on black or bright blue backgrounds, he also enjoyed a great reputation as an oil-painter.
His last signed works bear the date 1574, but the date of his death is uncertain, though it could not have been later than the beginning of 1577. It is on record that he executed close upon two thousand enamels. He is best represented at the Louvre, which owns his two famous votive tablets for the Sainte Chepelle, each consisting of twenty-three plaques, signed L. L. and dated 1553; La Chasse, depicting Henry II on a white horse, Diane de Poitiers behind him on horseback; and many portraits, including the kings by whom he was employed, Marguerite de Valois, the duc de Guise, and the cardinal de Lorraine. Other representative examples are at the Cluny and Limoges museums. In England some magnificent examples of his work are to be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the Wallace Collection. In the collection of Signor Rocchi, in Rome, is an exceptionally interesting plaque representing Frances I consulting a fortuneteller.
Estimated Age: This item is estimated to have been made in France during the early 17th or late 16th Century.
Dimensions: The size of this item is: unframed 3.1” tall; 2.6” long; framed 5.0” tall; 4.2” long.
Condition: This item shows some damages on the top of the plaque and the peripheral areas; there is minor age crazing; the plaque is free or restorations or repairs.
Please note that this is an antique item; therefore you should not expect to have a new or an in perfect condition looks. This item is from the past and does have a history. Part of its beauty is the history behind it and the fact that it is a living treasure from the past that has managed to survive the test of time! Take a close look at the pictures as they are one of the best elements to assess the condition of this item. If needed, feel free to request more detailed pictures!
Please note that the physical colors of this item may vary from the pictures in the listing, given the quality of the camera, the lighting and the background used.