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Portrait of Marguerite d'Angouleme, Queen of Navarre

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Portrait of Marguerite d'Angouleme, Queen of Navarre (1492-1549), depicted in a 3/4 view, wearing a black wimple and robe against a blue ground; double lines of gilding, black between, at edge. Set in a wood frame, partially gilded (one scroll broken).


Eighteenth-century paper pasted to back of frame, giving Margaret's history, in Horace Walpole's hand.


Horace Walpole (b. 1717 - d. 1797), Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, London; May 16, 1842, Strawberry Hill sale, Robins, London, lot 33, to Fuller for 20 gn. Hollingworth Magniac (d. by 1892), Colworth, Bedfordshire; July 2 and 4, 1892, posthumous Magniac sale, Christie's, London, lot 397. 1947, Paul Drey Gallery, New York; 1947, sold by Drey to the MFA for $900. (Accession Date: December 11, 1947).

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund

French (Limoges), about 1540

Object Place

Limoges, France


Other (Overall): 9.2cm (3 5/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted enamel and gilding on copper; wooden frame