This charming painting was created in the late 19th Century by craftsman from Limoges, a town in south-west France. The art of painting on enamel, which flourished in Limoges in the 15th Century, was revived in the mid-19th Century. This piece demonstrates the exceptional skill of Limoges painters working at this time.
The enamel plaque features a painted scene, depicting a group of aristocrats in 18th Century dress. The group includes five women and two gentlemen, who are gathered together on a balcony. A classical white stone balustrade runs along the edge of the balcony, providing a seat for three of the women. The other two women stand, as do the two gentlemen. The balcony overlooks a beautiful landscape, which features a lake lined with trees. The sun sets on the horizon, casting a warm orange light over the scene. The painter has employed short, blended brushstrokes, enabling him to naturalistically portray the figures and their setting. The plaque is indistinctly signed in the lower right corner, and it is displayed in a green velvet and gilt metal frame.