FRENCH, PARIS, LATE 16TH/ EARLY 17TH CENTURY
CAMEO WITH HENRI IV OF FRANCE (1553-1610)
mother of pearl and tortoiseshell, in a silver gilt pendant mount
inscribed: HENRICVS IIII . DEI . GRATIA FRANCORVM . ET . NAVARRAE . REX
5.6cm., 2¼in. overall
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Overall the condition of the pendant is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are some very minor surface abrasions including to the tortoiseshell. There is minor wear to the gilding, particularly to the edges at the reverse and to the back of the integral suspension hoop where silver is visible.
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Private collection, France
This beautifully carved mother of pearl cameo is very close to another which represents Henri III of France in the musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no. OA 556) and has been catalogued as French, third quarter of the 16th century. It seems likely that they were executed by the same hand. The present portrait is likely to derive from a print such as Thomas de Leu's oval engraving of the monarch, of which there is an example in the Louvre (inv. no. 4933LR).