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The Virgin, Child and St. John the Baptist, attributed to Jean Petitot the Elder (1607-1691).

Oval 8.7cm, enamel on gold in a gold mount chased with ribbon-bound acanthus leaves enamelled in white and pale blue, within a black and white ropetwist border, and a rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame. Circa 1670.
The miniature was part of an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her only daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter. Known as the 1690 Devonshire Schedule it includes: ‘A picture of our Lady our Saviour and St. John the Junor (sic) frame Gold the Outer fframe black Ebony by Petito’.
Jean Petitot the Elder was a renowned Swiss enamel painter who spent most of his career working at the French and English courts. His son, Jean Petitot the Younger (1653-1702), trained with him and their work was so similar that experts often have difficulty in distinguishing between the two.


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