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Exquisite Regal Handpainted Framed and Signed Miniature Portrait
Personally, I think she is the prettiest lady of all the portraits listed. A classically beautiful face plus her dress is amazingly detailed with all the lace on the sleeves and on the bodice. The blue satin sash is so well done you feel you can touch it!
It is in a rectangular wooden frame finished in black with a dark metal ring surrounding the oval opening.
There are several more miniature portraits listed individually so please make sure to view them all.
There is glass covering the portrait and a sealed backing so I am not sure of the surface material. There is a very faint Made in Italy stamp on the back fabric. Also, it appears that at one time someone did make two slits in the backing in an attempt to take it apart. It does not appear as though they were successful.
Photographing through the glass causes some reflections. It is handpainted. There is a tiny unreadable signature just above her right shoulder (lost in the glass reflection). The frame measures approx. 6 1/2" x 5 3/8". The oval of the portrait is approx. 3 1/2" x 2 1/2".
Due to a kind reader of my portrait listings pointing me to something called King Ludwig's 'Gallery of Beauties' it is a fair conclusion that this portrait was copied from one of those. Here is what Wikipedia says, (in part)about the Gallery of Beauties: '...is a collection of 36 portraits of the most beautiful women from the nobility and middle classes of Munich, Germany, painted between 1827 and 1850 (mostly by Joseph Karl Stieler, appointed court painter in 1820) and gathered by Ludwig I of Bavaria in the south pavilion of his Nymphenburg Palace in Munich. Two additional ones were created by Friedrich Dürck.
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