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A rare signed portrait in enamel of Ninon de l'Enclos, a French author, courtesan, and patron of the arts, after Jean Petitot

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Artist: Frances Sykes

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5335
Height
5 cm (1 1/1")
wearing a white dress and string of pearls
painted in enamel on copper, signed and dated 1753 on the reverse, in a gold mount

Sykes was apparently taught by Hogarth for water-colours and Zincke for enamel paintings - according to the Diary of Sylas Neville, 1767-1788, Oxford, 1950, p.84.
In 1752 Sykes was in Paris, where he was recorded as purchasing a large group of enamels by Petitot (from 27 November to 22 December). He clearly brought the enamels as a study aid and a year later, 1753 the enamel was produced. Sadly, Sykes led a hand-to- mouth existence in Paris and returned to England in 1756.

He resumed his practice as an enamelist, creating a small number of miniatures when he was back in London - very few of his works are signed.
Height
5 cm (1 1/1")
More Information
Year                 1753
Medium                 Enamel on Copper
Provenance                 D. David Weill, Paris No. 4027 (this inventory number is recorded on the reverse of the enamel).
Literature                 H. Clouzot, Dictionnaire des peintres, sur email, Paris, 1924, p. 84.
H. Clouzot, La miniature sur email en France, Paris, no. date p. 129.
C. Jeannerat, Miniatures and enamels from the D Davie-Weill Collection, Paris, 1957, no. 363
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