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Boîte à portrait of Louis XIV

Miniature portrait by Jean Petitot Swiss
Setting by Pierre Le Tessier de Montarsy French

Not on view

A jeweled pendant with a miniature portrait of the king, known as a boîte à portrait, was a standard gift presented to ambassadors after they took their leave of Louis XIV’s court. Although the Sun King distributed many such jewels, only three are known to survive; in most cases the precious stones were sold and the miniature recycled. The original recipient of this precious object remains unknown.

Boîte à portrait of Louis XIV, Miniature portrait by Jean Petitot (Swiss, Geneva 1607–1691 Geneva), Painted enamel on gold, silver, set with ninety-two diamonds

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