This 19th century hand painted miniature portrait depicts an elegant Georgian lady resembling Thomas Gainsborough's well known depiction of Georgiana Spencer, the Duchess of Devonshire. The beautifully executed oval portrait is set under convex glass which is housed in an ornate French Empire ormolu tabletop frame which retains its original hinged easel back. The frame is surmounted by a large ribbon tied in a bow which is flanked by detailed flowers and foliage. The outer edge of the frame is finished with a repeating foliate motif bound by ribbon at the four cardinal points. The piece includes a band of royal blue guilloche enamel which contrasts beautifully with the rich gold color of the frame. The inner portion of the frame is coved and decorated with fine beaded detail while the portrait itself is bordered with a rope motif.
The frame is marked for celebrated San Francisco luxury goods purveyor Gumps, recognized for its exquisite collection of high end gifts, objets d'art, fine jewelry and home decor. The mark reads "S. & G. GUMP Co" for brothers Solomon and Gustave Gump who founded the eponymous company in 1871. S & G Gump specialized in providing "Mirrors, Mouldings, and Paintings" to San Francisco's elite, and is still known as a highly esteemed destination for a selection of exclusive pieces. The frame is also stamped with the store location "SAN FRANCISCO".
The artwork and frame are in excellent original condition with no replacements or repairs. The hinged easel mechanism at the back of the frame is securely attached and fully functional. As an antique item, the frame shows signs of age consisting of minor tarnish and wear to the fabric backing which are both mentioned for accuracy. The artwork is illegibly signed by the artist at the right and is best seen in photo 5.
The frame stands 3.5" tall and is 2.75" wide while the portrait itself is 1.5" by 1". The framed portrait weighs in at 3 oz.
This lovely ormlou and enamel framed miniature painting displays beautifully and is perfectly sized for placement on a desk or shelf. A gorgeous antique find!
Antique Hand Painted Miniature Portrait in Ormlou Frame with Guilloche Enamel S&G Gump Co