Very attractive antique miniature water colour portrait rendered on ivory of a lady dressed in clothes from 18th century. She has a white bonnet with flowers attached and a black dress. It appears to be unsigned. Certainly she is very finely painted in more of a traditional, rather than folk art, primitive or naïve manner. The condition is excellent and the portrait is set into an oval metal frame contained within a deep maroon leather case. The case closes perfectly and on the front cover there is the British Royal Coat of Arms in gold leaf. Above it there are the words Mr Claudet and below 107 Regent Street. It therefore seems he had a Royal Appointment and this sitter is probably a member of the Royal Court. There are no cracks or evidence of repainting. It is painted on ivory. Portraits like this were often given as love tokens, but otherwise sometimes called mourning portraits. The overall size is 3 inches by 2 1/2 inches (73 mm by 60 mm), with the size of the portrait being 40 mm x 32 mm.
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