Cat. No. 73
Artist: Bernard Lens III 1682-1740 - RARE Portrait Miniature - Signed by Bernard Lens III - 1729: King Henry II - from the "Heads of State" Series.
Rarely found. It is signed and inscribed by one of the best known British portrait miniaturists, comes with provenance and from a recognised series of paintings. It even has its original frame, specially designed by the artist. Painting: Watercolour portrait miniature on vellum of King Henry II, wearing his crown and holding a sceptre. The painting has Lens's favourite blue background and lots of gold paint decorating the crown, sceptre and banding around his clothing as well as the circular edging to the painting. Also in gold paint is the signature of the artist; a cursive entwined "BL" just above the King's left shoulder. The visible image is 2 inches diameter. Frame: The frame is original and still referred to as a "Lens Frame" because he designed them and had them made from pearwood, a very hard wearing wood. They were then stained black and finished with a black inner matting and beautifully bevelled-edge glass. It has a hanger fitted to the top bar and bears an inscription on the reverse which I believe to be by Lens himself. "King Henry II / began his Reign in 1154 / Died 1189 / Bernd Lensis Fecit / 1729". A "Museum Quality" painting.
other paintings from "English Heads of State" series; are to be seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Creation Year: 1729
Measurements: 2 inches diameter (Painting), The size of the frame (excluding the hanger) is 3 5/8 inches square.
Style: Portrait Miniature
Technique: watercolours on vellum
Inscription: "King Henry II / began his Reign in 1154 / Died 1189 / Bernd Lensis Fecit / 1729"
Provenance: Bonhams 2003 Auction, lot 23.
Artist: Bernard Lens III 1682-1740 (Signed BL)
Condition: In very good overall condition.
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