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Divine Antique French Limoges Enamel On Copper Painting Plaque ~ Courting or Wedding Couple, Garden Scene ~ Gilt Dore Ormolu Frame ~ 19th Century

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Material: Polychrome & Gilt Enamels on Copper, Gilt Bronze/Metal, Silk Velvet

Size:  Frame ~ Height 4 & 3/4, Width 4 & 1/4 inches, Plaque ~ apx. 2 & 5/8

Quantity: 1

A divine antique 19th century enamel on copper plaque portrait miniature painting in fine foil and polychrome, with gold gilt overglaze details.   French Limoges attribution, dating to the later Victorian Aesthetic Period, with Art Nouveau influence, c. 1890 - 1910.


Rather than the typical and more commonly found side profile, the convex oval plague depicts a harder to find frontal view of a truly exquisite maiden, with a landscape scene in the background.  The lady is dressed in elaborate lace trimmed court or evening finery, with lovely floral decoration in her hair.  The portrait is extremely well done, beautifully executed and realistically rendered, with excellent detail, color and shading that imparts a three dimensional effect.  We have included a number of images in an attempt to show the high quality, excellent technique and overall pleasing aesthetics.


The original gilt bronze/metal frame is a somewhat unusual period example, very fancy and finely detailed in the Aesthetic Art Nouveau manner, featuring a floral ormolu poppy motif, with an ornate Neo-classical frieze secure and easel back.  The original gold gilt finish does not show especially well in the images, appearing somewhat dark and dull, when it actually remains quite nice.  Rather than a general overall glossy gilt effect, the frame appears to be designed with a combination of mat and polished elements, which uniquely reflect light, sparkle and shine to highlight the portrait, yet not distract from it.  The enameled center plaque is surrounded by a finely detailed gilt dore bronze oval secure, beautifully accented with a rich black silk velvet mat.  Original green striped silk brocade type panel at back.


Frame retains original hinged easel stand for table or desk top display, plus ring ~ loop for hanging.

Due to concerns for the antique fabrics and metal tabs, etc., we have not removed the plaque from the frame, so while we can discern no visible signature, one may in fact be present.  Regardless, we feel the quality is apparent in the obvious skilled technique of the artist, the attention to detail, color, and shading, as well as exceptional overall aesthetic appeal.


This item is in extremely nice antique estate condition.   We see no cracks, breaks, crazing, etc to the copper plaque and the enameling remains intact, rich and vibrant.  There do appear to be some minor, and in our opinion, insignificant surface scratches to the plaque, the most notable visible with high camera magnification, in the background, near her right shoulder and almost touching the lace, apx. 4:00 position.  See image #4.  NOTE:  the curved line visible on the mountain area at 3:00 position is not a scratch, but an enamel highlight captured by the camera and visible in several of the images.  The black silk velvet mat is excellent, with only minor dust near overlapping frame detail.  Green backing material is sound, with no distress or apparent problems.  The frame is also exceptionally nice, with no noted damage or issues.    Easel stand is very secure and stable, with a good hinge.   All original tabs and hanging ring intact.


A very nice original, beautifully framed antique enamel plaque, featuring a truly exquisite lady with the face of an angel.  Certainly executed by a highly skilled or Maitre Emailleur artist, of a quality to rival period oil paintings.


We also have another exceptional Limoges plaque from France, featuring a courting couple in a lovely garden scene, presently listed in this same Antiques Misc category. If you would like to view that item please click on lower left image.

Divine Antique French Limoges Enamel On Copper Plaque Portrait Miniature ~ Fine Aesthetic Art Nouveau Gilt Dore Ormolu Easel Frame

$ 995.00

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