Jean Limousin - The Madonna and Child, late 16th century - early 17th century

Workshop of Jean Limousin (Limoges, 1561 - 1610, Limoges)

The Madonna and Child with the Ten Virtues, late 16th century - early 17th century

Enamel, 23.5 x 19.1 cm (9 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.) overall

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Object details

Accession number

M27w26

Provenance

Collection of Louis-Henri Roger de Cahusac, Marquis de Caux (1775-1839).
Bequeathed from the Marquis de Caux to his wife Sophie Muget, Duchesse de Valmy (1802-1892).
By descent to the Henriette Kellermann, Comtesse de Reculot (1841-1920) in 1893.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the Comtesse de Reculot for 45,000 francs on 24 September 1895 through Fernand Robert, Isabella Stewart Gardner's regular agent in Paris.

Marks

Inscribed (bottom): SANCTA DE MALO RECTA [the holy one free from evil]
Inscribed (ten scrolls): names of the ten Virtues in Old French
Monogramed (bottom): A M [Ave Maria]
Inscribed in ink (on torn paper adherred to the back): ...ni prop mea ieni et.../ cellain uinariam dille.... / uscipe mariam matreni christe / ...uce te dirigat in omnibus uiistuis...

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 242.


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Commentary

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