Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi
Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi

Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi

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Limoges Enamel Of The Virgin Mary, by Arlette Adam of Limoges France, circa 1930 after Vergine delle Rocce by Father Filippo Lippi

This beautiful enamel of Our Blessed Mother The Virgin Mary is by Arlette Adam of the famouse Limoges school of enamellers.

Interestingly it is mis-titled on the label on the reverse as it says it is The Virgin In Adoration, which technically it is but in fact it is a detail from the painting by Father Filippo Lippi.

Fra Filippo Lippi was an Italian painter of the 15th century and also a Carmelite priest. The work of his that this detail is taken from is Vergine delle Rocce - The Virgin On The Rocks and I have added a copy of the original work in the photos to show just how brilliant this detail is.

This is a beautiful example of the quality of enamel paintings produced in the early part of the 20th century by the master enamelers of Limoges. It has been extraordinarily difficult to photograph as the glaze is deep and brilliant and does not photograph well. However, in the photo you can see the curve of the copper onto which the enamel has been done.

Each colour in these Limoges enamels has to be applied separately then fired then on to the next colour. Enamels can take between 16 and 22 firings, a long and laborious process that has to be right first time each time. No wonder they are so sought after.

It is set into an oak surround which is itself set into a goosen frame which has a gilded edge. Goosen is a plaster frame that has been polished and then painted to be almost an exact copy of straight grained ebony. The enamel is perfect, the oak surround is perfect and the frame is also perfect.

The enamel measures 6 cm by 7.5 cm and the frame is 11.5 cm by 12.5 cm and is 2.5 cm deep.

Please study the photographs carefully as they form an integral part of the sale description.