Wonderful antique French Napoleon III era hand painted portrait miniature on thin thin natural wafer wafer, an unidentified woman set in a magnificent locket style tortoise shell picture frame with floral pique inlay! These old shell framed portraits date from the early to mid 1800s and are a must for the miniature collectors :). Thick, natural shell what has been hollowed to hold the bronze inner framing & painting and the back has that gorgeous old French pique inlaid floral spray! The painting is not quite exceptional but an overall superb piece and priced to move!
Very good condition. No damage to the shell frame, no missing inlay. There is what looks like a bit of moisture marking around the outside of the painting, no cracks in the thin natural wafer wafer though. See pictures for measurements.
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