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Venus and Cupid, in the manner of Peter Oliver, circa 1630.

Oval, on a rectangular ground, within a rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame, 4.5cm.

The miniature, which has the appearance of having been reduced from a larger piece, was part of an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her only daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

The bequest, which added very considerably to the collections at Burghley, is recorded in an inventory known as the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift.

This lists:’A picture of two heads of Venus and Cupid.’


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