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Ninon de l'Enclos (1620-1705)


Artist: Jean Petitot

In enamel, set in a octagonal shaped frame with ormolu slip and blue enamel border

Ninon was a famous courtesan at Versailles in the late 17th century, during the reign of Louis XIV. She was renowned for her beauty and although not admitted by Nancy Mitford in her book 'The Sun Kind' she was probably numbered amongst his many mistresses.

Petitot a Swiss enameller, together with his friend Jacques Bordier, brought the art of enamel miniatures over to England in circa 1673s. He was patronised by Charles I and produced many small portraits of members of the court. Petitot followed the royal exiled family to Paris, where he was looked upon as one of their most faithful adherents. Charles II, during his abode in France, took great notice of Petitot and introduced him to Louis XIV, who appointed him his painter in enamel and gave him apartments in the Louvre.
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Provenance                 Mr. Charles Butler, a member of the Burlington Fine Arts Club.
Yates Thompson Collection, Sotheby's 2nd July 1941, lot 110 .
Sir Claire Thomson, Sotheby's, 9 November, 1944, lot 20 sold to Mike Papier.
Literature                 Bryan: A Dictionary of Paintings Vol iv, p. 104
Exhibition                 Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1889, (Ref no. 63 on p 4 and plate xxviii).
Condition                 Some loss to blue border, dirt under glass
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