A Limoges polychrome enamel portrait plaque of Claude de Lorraine.

In an ebonised wood frame with gilt brass decoration and hardstone inserts, 13cm by 18cm.

The portrait is attributed to Leonard Limousin (active 1532-1575), a prolific enamellist, most notably at the Courts of Francis I and Henri II of France. He also enjoyed a reputation as an oil painter.

Claude de Lorraine (1496-1550), a powerful French aristocrat who was educated at the Court of Francis I, became the 1st Duc de Guise in 1528. He was the grandfather of Mary, Queen of Scots.

REFERENCE: EWA08501

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