Mathieu Deroche is one of a hand full of photographers to develop new methods of creating portrait miniatures to better remember our loved ones. The hand painted variety are wonderful; but time consuming, expensive. And many of the photographic variety did not hold color well. Somehow Derouche was able to transcend tat problem and as you can see at over 100 years the two offered here are lively with color. And of course,hand painted by artists once the photograph was applied to the enamel. like Derouche seemed the best of two worlds. Deroche was renowned for his superb artistry and mastery of this technique. A pair offered here (separately) won the grand priz at the Universal Exposition at Paris in 1900. Both the miniatures offered are in excellent condition, encased in leather with gold lettering. The signature of Monsieur Derouche is on the enamel, front and back. Condition is excellent.
Size: The enamel portraits are 2" by 2.5" The wooden frames are 4.75" tall, 4" wide and nearly an inch thick. It is also backed and protected with a leather backing. When lifted, the signature and record of the grand prix are visible.
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