$3,475.00

An exceptional 17th century Spanish devotional pendant

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An exceptional 17th century Spanish goldsmith and enamel devotional pendant with a miniature of St. Francis of Paola on its obverse and a polychrome enameled Christogram: IHS, on its reverse.

The miniaturist's depiction of Francis derives from a French engraving of 1645 by Michel Lasne, following after a painted miniature portrait of the saint made in 1507 by the French illuminator Jean Bourdichon. The engraving provides a terminus ante quem (1645) for the facture of the present pendant.

Examples of this quality are infrequent.

Approximate size: 7.5 x 7.5 cm

Provenance: from the collection of a nobleman