Pre-Felton acquisitions included:

  • Laudin, Jacques (attrib.). Plaque showing a soldier kneeling, c.1650. Purchased 1869. NGV 501-D1R [ill.]
  • Laudin, Nicholas (attrib.). Plaque showing St John the Baptist, c.1650. Purchased 1869. NGV 502-D1R [ill.]: see photo at right

This pair of oval plaques in copper and enamel was made at Limoges around 1650. Each plaque is enclosed in a ceramic frame adorned by cherubs.

Jacques Laudin I (c.1627-95) and Nicholas Laudin I (1628-98) appear to be the artists identified in the inscriptions on the reverse of each plaque. Examples of their work are held at the V&A and elsewhere, and an enamelled betrothal purse, also attributed to Jacques Laudin, was acquired by the NGV in 2019.


For the Laudins, see e.g. (accessed 17 April 2020)

For the betrothal purse, a gift of Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and Family through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2019, see (with reproduction)