I can't seem to resist buying these expensive Charles pieces, whenever I see one, which isn't that often. This is a portrait miniature of the Stuart Monarch, which is painted on copper. The portrait has been verified to be 17th Century (Charles was executed in 1649 so this portrait was done at the time of, or only a few years, after his death., The case is most circa 1800, and is beautiful with a garnet and pearl surround, and the portrait fits it perfectly. The pendant case itself is gold, but the back of the miniature is not. This is such a wearable piece, and often these Charles pieces are not. The photo, taken with a macro lens, makes it seem that there is some paint loss, but such is not the case. There may be some dirt on the frame, and the paint style is dots of paint, but there doesn't appear to be any damage when one views the painting with a loupe. The pendant measures 1 and 1/4 inches, North to South, counting the bale, and an inch East to West. The piece weighs 11.64 grams. The day is not far away when these pieces will only be found in museums.
Portrait Miniature of Charles I, Pendant, Watercolor