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Set of twelve historical caricature portrait reliefs
Ivory in old wood frames
Late 17th–early 18th century
An unusual interesting set of twelve ivory historical caricature portrait reliefs depicting some of the Leading Catholic clergy responsible for the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and implicated in the subsequent persecution of the Protestant Huguenots
After a set of engravings published anonymously in two volumes in 1691 by the Huguenots ‘Heros de la Ligue ou la Procession Monacale par Louis XIV pour la Conversion des Protestants de son Royaume’
Probably carved in London by an exiled huguenot from the workshops of Dieppe
To the reverse of each an ink inscribed label naming the character portrayed for example:
‘1 du Viger, Conseiller du Parlement de Bordeaux, qui perdit au jeu tout ce qu’il avait gagné contre les Protestants’
‘9 Monsieur le Tellier, Chancelier, qui signe la Revocation de l’edit par complaisance’
‘10 Baumier, Avocat du Roy à La Rochelle, Persécuteur Perpétuel’
Also having printed labels ‘Art Treasures Exhibition Wrexham 1876 W.B. Buddicom’
H 16 x W 14.5 x D 2 cm
Provenance: private collection of Victorian Industrialist W.B. Buddicom; thence by descent; Sold at auction, 1989; private collection, London
Exhibition: The Art Treasures of North Wales and the Border Counties, Museum of Ornamental Art, Wrexham, 22 July 1876 and listed in the catalogue

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