A very debonair young man sits in a ponderous pose for this exquisite small painted portrait. The miniature originates from France and dates from 1880-1900.
Miniature portraits such as this were popular with the traveling nobility on "the Grand Tour". They were reminiscent of eighteenth century miniatures and the poses and costumes were very typical of this period.
The vellum miniature is hand painted with the utmost delicacy,the facial features and hand is just exquisite. The pose is unusual because it is more of a profile. The body is turned to the front but the head faces the side. The young man wears a handsome waistcoat in rose pink with a yellow vest and ruffled collar and cuffs. There is a delicate baby pink carnation in his vest. His dreamy expression suggests thoughts of a lovely young lady.
The vellum wafer is placed under convex glass which is mounted into an ornate brass ring. The frame is of turned, richly colored bois de rose (rose wood), which has been finished to a smooth, gleaming patina. The back is covered in newspaper which is very typical of this type of miniature.
It measures: 4 1/2" square. There is a ring on the back for hanging. It is in very good antique condition. The frame has little wear, the portrait colors remain bright with little color loss. There are no cracks or chips in the glass.
The subject (young man) along with the striking pose make this portrait unusual (ladies were more often painted). It is a charming piece.
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