Exquisite fine art portrait in miniature, rivaling the full-sized paintings of the day. It's always amazing to me to see the exceptionally detailed miniatures, and I marvel at how any artist can capture so much detail and personality in a painting so small. The fashion of the day, the jewelry, the beauty and expression of the sitter. We have no ID on this lovely woman, in her elaborate red claret gown, but when I bought it the frame's glass wasn't set and the attending lock of hair on a silk backing came with it, ostensibly to rest in the backside of the 2-sided 10k gold locket pendant frame. However, in order to reset the glass, we left the silk panel out. It would not have originally held the silk, and the hair would have been on something thinner or just arranged in that back side, thin enough to put the frame together. A seed pearl mourning bracelet, armband, shows you how those were worn in her time, as well as her tiara. Painting would be c.1780-1820, and we think it might well be English.
Very good to excellent condition, the painting is superb, undamaged and is a museum quality painting. No signature by artist, however, which is baffling, given the quality. No chips, no hairline or crack and no warp. The gold frame has been acid tested, is 10k and is a yellow-rose tint gold. Large bale up top for use with a ribbon or to hang. I would not wear this one, however. The difficulty in putting the 2 panels of glass and the painting back into this frame, together, is a fragile one and I fear the glass might once again pop out, so please handle with care and also please use this one only as display and not to be worn as jewelry. That said, it is holding together as you see it, once we removed the silk and hair panel. We'll send that along. It has embroidered monogram that will hint at the sitter, but we don't know who she is.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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