ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN LIMOSIN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1615-1635), FRENCH, LIMOGES, EARLY 17TH CENTURY | OCTAGONAL PORTRAIT OF ANNE OF AUSTRIA (1601-1666)
Estimate: 6,000 - 9,000 GBP
ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN LIMOSIN (ACTIVE CIRCA 1615-1635),
FRENCH, LIMOGES, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
OCTAGONAL PORTRAIT OF ANNE OF AUSTRIA (1601-1666)
partially gilt painted enamel on copper
8 by 6.2cm., 3⅛ by 2½in.
Overall the condition of the enamel is good, with some wear and minor dirt to the surface consistent with age. The plaque was formerly set into a frame or mount which has been removed. As a result there is particular wear around the outer edge, with several areas of loss and black fill, particularly on the left side and the bottom. There is some craquelure to the enamel, consistent with the material, particularly on the left side at the front, and to the counter-enamel, where there are also small losses due to splitting. There is wear to the gilding, which has led to partial ghosting.
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Guns van Aalst, Belgium;
private collection, Belgium
A near-identical octagonal portrait was sold at Sotheby's Paris as part of the Dormeuil Collection on 19 November 2007 (lot 26) with an attribution to Jean Limosin. The attribution is based on a comparison with an octagonal portrait of the young Louis XIII in the Louvre (inv. no. OA 11063), which is given to Limosin by Baratte (op. cit.) and allows for an identification of the present sitter as Louis' young wife, Anne of Austria. It is likely that the two models were created as pendants to commemorate their 1615 wedding.
S. Baratte, Les Emaux peints de Limoges, cat. Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2000, p. 379