This is a small, but mighty, enamel portrait . The dealer from whom I bought it said she bought it in Germany, but was told it was one of the brothers of one of the Kings Louis. The painting is certainly regal, the enamel work is beautiful, and I especially love the wonderful hairwork on the reverse. The pendant is 18 ct gold, and measures 7/8 of an inch in diameter. There is no damage to the piece, though there is a little flash glare on the hairwork at 12 o’clock, which might make it appear so.
There is no damage to the painting; there is that black spot, but I think it is most likely thread or lint on the glass. Remember, my picture is taken with a macro lens and enlarged, so the black spot is much less noticeable to the naked eye than it is in the photo. This is Georgian, circa 1820. After I added this item, an esteemed colleague, who said she had a portrait of the same person, told me this was Louis XVIII, and she gave me this info on him. King of France from 1814-1824, he was actually brother of King Louis XVI, who was beheaded. Ruling only from 1814-1824 (except for the 100 days which Napoleon tried to regain his empire), although in title ruled from 1795. Fleeing the country in 1791 during the revolution he returned after the death of the King and Queen and the dauphin, Louise XVII. Touring Europe he tried to gain support for the Royalist cause. Talleyrand came to his aid and helped secure his restoration to the throne. However, Napoleon returned from Elba, and once again, Louis fled the country, and returned only after the battle at Waterloo. Given executive powers, he opposed extremism of the opposition and continued his mission to try to heal the wounds brought forth during the Revolution. After his death in 1824, he was succeeded by Charles X.
Pendant, painting, 18 ct, hair work
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