This is a particularly fine example of memorial jewelry in polychrome painting surmounted with gold and enamel touches. Topping the tomb is a sweet winged cherub carrying a banner which reads "Gone to Bliss".
Standing alongside the elaborate tomb is a lovely lady in neo-classical dress It appears she is holding her hands as if in prayer. The scene is pastoral--trees, a stream, and pale blue sky complete the scene.
The reverse exhibits triangles of dark brown hair. ( the photo is bad because of the light reflections) The glass on the back side has a tiny nick near the mounting. The pendant ring has shifted slightly on the piece. We did not try to correct this and leave it to a jeweler's expertise.
This treasure measures 1 and 7/8 inches in diameter. The beveled glass covering the painting has one or two barely visible scratches. Many specialist miniature painters turned out multiple fine miniatures. This one, in the round, is an excellent example of the artist's imagination in the use of various symbols of death. The simple mounting is typical and does not detract from the painting.
This piece is as good as many seen in museums.
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