Painted Limoges enamel mirror back; copper, oval; set in a frame of gilt metal beading; Dido, Queen of Carthage appealing for help from Juno; a galleon, in a gulf, in which Aeneus is departing; above, amidst clouds, the half figure of Juno; signed; painted in semi-opaque enamels on a white preparation, translucent enamels over coloured foils and white-grey grisaille with flesh tones; contours delineated in black by enlevage, with gilding; counter enamel, transparent and colourless; inscribed.
How big is it?
7.4 cm wide, 9.7 cm high, 0.7 cm deep, and it weighs 39g
Detailed Curatorial Notes
Provenance: Formerly in the collection of John Spencer Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough (1822-1883), at Blenheim Palace and sold in the sale of enamels from Blenheim at Christie's London on the 14th June 1883 (lot 20). It is unknown when it entered the collection of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild.
Commentary: There is a signed mirror-back with the same subject attributed to Suzanne de Court in the British Museum, inv. no. 1913,1220.68. An unsigned mirror with the same subject (but without the ship) was auctioned at Sotheby's London in the sale of Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art, 3 December 2014, lot 85.
- 'Catalogue of the choice collection of Limoges enamels, from Blenheim palace...', Christie's, London, 14 June 1883, lot no. 20
- Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 46
- O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.46.
- Read 1902: Read, Charles Hercules, The Waddesdon Bequest. Catalogue of the Works of Art Bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898, London, BMP, 1902
- Dalton 1927: Dalton, Ormonde Maddock, The Waddesdon Bequest : jewels, plate, and other works of art bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild., London, BMP, 1927
- Scrase handlist: Scrase handlist
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