Lockets 11.07.2011

A Jean Petitot Louis XIV Enamel Pendant?

Jean Petitot Louis XIV Enamel Pendant

I’ll let the brilliant Barbara Robbins speak a little about this beautiful piece:

“Here is an enamelled portrait miniature of Louis XIV, the Sun King. I bought it from Michele, and of course, she said it was in the style of Jean Petitot, but my friend, Simon Millard, was with me at the time, and he immediately spied it and he thinks it is a Petitot. Jean Petitot was one of the main enamelers of royalty (1607-1691).  Anyway, if this is a Petitot, of course a later frame has been made specifically for it, and of course, we do know that was sometimes the case.  The frame is what I love. I love the “bow” motif with the ruby, and the white enamel reads “Amez oui vous Aime,” or “I love those who have loved me.”  I imagine the back contained  a crystal and maybe some hair, but sadly that is gone. I believe, on my next visit, I will ask Michele to have her jeweler to cut some glass for the back.”

Jean Petitot Louis XIV Enamel Pendant