We LOVE antique jewelry (jewellery) and costume and lace, and nowhere do they come forward in a more charming format that in the wonderful old hand painted portrait miniatures. This late Georgian era woman shows you what I mean with her lace bonnet and fichu (the drapy collar) with a Georgian fichu brooch in place. The brooch looks to me to be either one with red coral or perhaps a Scottish banded agate brooch. The woman is English, we think, and yet there's some argument with the style of frame that she may have been painted in France and framed there. This was quite customary for Grand Tour travelers to have their likeness captured by the 'tourist's' artist trade that clustered 'round the Louvre and Tuilleries areas. We know from history that many artists who later achieved great fame did little portraits like this to keep from starving (including Monet, Manet and many more), and so these elegant but unsigned small works of art might well turn out to have a very fine heritage indeed, as do the sitters, most certainly. Remember, prior to 1838's photos (Daguerreotype), the only way to capture one's likeness was by painting, and this may indeed be the only likeness taken or remaining of this woman. The romance of these paintings in miniature make them personal favorites of mine. I'm always drawn to them for a myriad of reasons. It is our pleasure to bring the finest ones to you, our customers.
Very good to excellent, age and type considered. There are tiny imperfections on the outer rim of the thin natural wafer (which we have shown you in scan, apart from the frame) but none of those show when she is mounted in her frame. Glass protects her from harm, and she's a wonderful example of this fascinating genre. Important here for jewelry and costume, as well.
Item ID: 1210pm5
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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