Description A little brocade lady's purse is an unusual place to find an enamel as decoration but its preservation is likely due to the artistic interest of the enamel. The sides of the purse are formed of two ovoid, convex plaques. On each is a central oval panel of black ground with a half-length figure, one representing a young gentleman and the other a young lady. The man, wearing a wig and a breastplate over a doublet, grasps the barrel if a musket. The lady is seated, proffering with her right hand a rose taken from a basket of roses on which her left hand rests. She wears a riding hat adorned with a flower, and a shawl or loose coat over her dress, which is fashioned with a loosely laced bodice. Her sleeves end in lace flounces. Above the ovals, sprays of tulips are pierced with four holes for the draw cords.
Provenance Leon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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