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The Virgin, Child and St. John the Baptist, attributed to Jean Petitot, circa 1670.

The Virgin three-quarter length wearing red robes with a blue drape, holding the contraposto Christ child, St. John to sinister wearing skin drapes, enamel on gold, oval 8.7cm, in a gold mount chased with ribbon-bound acanthus leaves enamelled in white and pale blue, within black and white ropetwist border, rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame.

Provenance: Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire, nee Cecil, her will, proved 13th November 1690 (‘A picture of our Lady our Saviour and St. John the Junor frame Gold the Outer fframe black Ebony by Petito’), by whom given to her daughter, Anne, Countess of Exeter.

Thence by descent.


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