Very early (most likely 17th c., but could also be as early as 16th c.) miniature oil on what I think is leather. The marine scene shows several ships with sails and one small boat. Superb little piece. Leather (or whatever) is cracked and could also use a good cleaning (especially under the glass ... which also has flecks of what look like real gold). It is framed in a bronze "beaded" frame with tufted very worn velvet, which surrounds yet around another beaded and chased bronze inner frame. Back of frame is wood, and painting is covered with a vellum or fabric back. Glass and hanging ring are original too. I've never opened the back of this, for fear that something may fall apart. Overall measurements: 4 1/2" X 3 1/4".
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