French School, circa 1660
PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with silver paint on vellum, mounted on prepared card, gold and enamel locket frame, the enamelled reverse centred with a caduceus flanked by cornucopiae and framed with the inscription: P.P. Optimoe Et Pulcherrimoe Lanificoe. Pudicae. Frugi: Castoe. Domisedoe Uxori, supported by birds bearing a monogram and the mottoes: Omnia. Explorate. Meliora. Retinete. and Miliora. Latent, the sides and loop with painted rope-twist pattern, the hinged lid inset with an oval shell cameo carved with the goddess Diana, accompanied by hounds and attendants, opening to reveal the enamelled reverse depicting cupid, and with the inscription Avec le Temps.
26 by 22 mm.
Sale, London, Sotheby's, 28 February 1991, lot 387