|Glokeur de Surchamps, The Fleur de France. Genealogical tree with thirteen miniature portraits. Museo Arqueologico Nacional, Madrid. Photo credit: Dominguez Ramos.|
This is a really amazing piece, housed at the Museo Arqueologico Nacional in Mardid. The elaborate gilt frame, titled Fleur de France (which can be seen towards the top) features thirteen portraits!
Underneath the royal blue veil of France, decorated with gold fleur de lis and crowned, is Louis XV. Several putti act out scenes along his sides but I have not been able to figure out just what they are doing! Directly below his portrait are his male heirs, and below the flower's belt, his most recent heirs. His wife and six daughters fill in the petals and their portraits are decorated with garlands.
The frame is flanked by two watchful cockerels, symbols of vigilance. The cockerel remained a symbol of France, appearing later on the currency of the Republic!