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A mid 17th century portrait miniature of a gentleman wearing orange jerkin, painted in enamel on gold


Artist: Paul Prieur

Prieur, son of a Huguenot goldsmith from Paris, active in Geneva, was apprenticed to a Geneva goldsmith between 1635 and 1638. He is said to have travelled to Paris around 1640 and learned enamelling there. From 1655, he is recorded at the Danish court, painting enamel portraits for Frederick III and later Christian V. He was the first miniature painter to use the enamelling technique in Denmark and worked for the court until 1681.

The stippled background found in this enamel is typical of Prieur's hand. He was a talented artist and very prolific, even though his work can be uneven in quality, this is nevertheless a very fine example. Whilst the identity of the sitter remains unknown it is likely that the person is connected in some way to the Royal circles.
More Information
Year                 Circa 1650/55.
Medium                 enamel on copper,
Country                 Continent
Provenance                 The Cavendish Family
Condition                 Good
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