With a beautifully plaited/woven hair memorial set into the back of this 14 - 15K gold frame, the gentleman you see here might well one day be cloned. Imagine! The past meets the future? What we know to be true for this gentleman is that he is not the one whose hair is in back, unless of course he posed for his portrait with a powdered hairdo, which is slightly possible, age considered. The painting is truly magical and captures not only his likeness, such as it is, but also a bit of personality. Elegantly dressed, he seems a likely Dandy who is truly more a nerd, wouldn't you say? We don't know who he is, but wish to. If you recognize him as a famous 1760-1820 actor, dignitary, author or the like, let us know. He's definitely got an 'aire' about him. We'd date the portrait 1780-1820 based on frame and style as well as his mode of fashionable dress (earlier rather than later, we think).
Very fine condition. The gold frame is locket-type with fitted oval of plaited hair in back, covex glass front and back - all in fine order. No chips, cracks, scuffs to detract from appeal or value. The painting is housed beneath a convex glass that has a gilt-noire (gold & black) border hand painted onto it in the eglomise fashion, (also helping us to date the piece), and is original and exquisite. We would not dare to open this one to see what might be on backside of his image - perhaps some identification or an artist's signature. It will remain a mystery for now. Superb museum piece, this!
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