Hand painted portrait on porcelain was painted between 1820's -1850's. We know this because of the style of dress and hat this young man is wearing and also the frame. It is a picture I have seen painted on other porcelain pieces, so the child must be of some royalty. This was a time that boys wore the large bows around the neck of their jackets. Actually, in this time period boys were dressed like girls for the first 5 years of life.
The porcelain portrait of the young boy is in excellent condition. The bronze frame has seen better days but is still quite functional and stands evenly, thanks to someone prior who soldered it in place as one end of the hinge bar is off. The thick board on the back of the porcelain piece has some deterioration. The front is perfect.
The boy must have been a child of an aristocrat or perhaps royalty by the look of his garments and hat. The hat is French in design and style. Back in this time you were never without a hat if you went outside. Even children wore hats, and the more elaborate hat was likely related to the wealth of the family.
The frame is not perfect but looks great from the front and stands properly.
The sitter who painted the portrait did a magnificent job.
The piece is 2 3/4" tall by 2 1/2" wide.
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