Lacquer medallion with gold maki-e decoration on a black background showing the portrait of Anne Le Fevre in bust, surmounted by her name in capital letters.
Equipped with a bélière; inscription on the back: "Wife of Mr Dacier Born in Saumur; Died August 17, 1720. 68 years old."
Japan for export, Compagnie Hollandaise des Indes Orientales, Edo period, late 18th century.
Very slight lacquer lacks.
H. 12 x W. 9 cm.
Long after the expulsion of the Portuguese in 1640, Japan continued to make lacquerware for export. The artists of the 18th century took advantage of the gold lacquer process to transpose Western engravings such as here. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam preserves several examples of this refined art.
Anne Le Fevre, wife of Dacier, was a French Hellenist and scholar.
Her portrait engraved by Robert Gaillard is kept at the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland.
It bears the same legend as on the back of this medallion.
C. Shimizu, Les laques du Japon, Paris, 1988, pp. 225- 227.