Venus in a Car Drawn by Doves and attended by Three Cupids by Jean Penicaud II

The design of this plaque is based on an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi.


Enamel on copper
12.8 x 8.1 cm
Art Fund grant:
£19,513 ( Total: £54,843)
Acquired in:
Jack Soultanian

Penicaud was known for his development and mastery of the grisaille technique of enamelling. This is an example of a purchase made on the Grand Tour by Sir Andrew Fountaine who built Narford Hall, near Swaffham. Fountaine was a noted connoisseur and Grand Tourist and his collection was one of the most important ever amassed in Norfolk.


Sir Andrew Fountaine, Italy, circa 1720 for Narford Hall, Norfolk, home of the Fountaine family;...; Fountaine Collection sale, Christie's, London, 1884; Mr Marks;...; Ruth Blumka, New York, late 1980s; Jack Soultanian. On loan to the Metropolitan Mu

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