The Master of the Aeneid, French, Limoges, circa 1525-1530 | Plaque with Polyphemus and Achaemenides
Property from an Important Private Collection
The Master of the Aeneid
French, Limoges, circa 1525-1530
Plaque with Polyphemus and Achaemenides
partially gilt painted enamel on copper, within a later wood frame
enamel: 22.5 by 20cm., 8 7/8 by 7 7/8 in.
Overall the condition of the enamel is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is a small slightly visible rectangular band in the right corner where the enamel looks more opaque than the surrounding material. There is also a small very slightly visible patch of more opaque enamel to the top of the trees. These do not appear to be restorations and they do not fluoresce under UV light. There is some very minor craquelure to the enamel, consistent with the material: to the top corners and to the ground beneath the feet of the two main protagonists. There are some very minor areas of bubbling to the enamel to the top corners and a few barely visible very minor greenish residues.
The gilding is generally in very good condition. There are some small areas of ghosting to the gilding including to the sail of the ship in the foreground and to the central plant between the two protagonists.
The reverse of the plaque: The counter-enamel is particularly beautiful and well preserved. There is minor craquelure to the counter-enamel, consistent with the material.
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Bürki collection, Bern;
Kofler-Truniger collection, Lucerne, before 1964-1971;
Keir collection, before 1983;
Sotheby’s New York, 20 November 1997, lot 126;
with Alain Moatti, Paris;
Important Private Collection