Description: Miniature hand painted portrait of Countess Potcka on porcelain. The miniature is housed in a gilt metal frame. There is no signature but the work is exquisite and examination under the loop reveals individual hairs, folds in her clothes, detailed white ruffles and exquisitely rendered facial features. Her cheeks are rosy and the shading of her neck and face is well done. This is a beautifully detailed and expressive portrait of the countess. She has a pensive expression and wears a blue ribbon in her hair to match her blue gown. The sweet innocence of her face is contrasted by her plunging square cut neckline which is framed by a white ruffle. Countess Potcka was born March 1807 and died April 2, 1877. She was well known in her day for both her beauty and her accomplishments. Countess Potcka was a piano student of Chopin.
She is housed in a gilt metal frame with an easel back. There is age related discoloration of the frame with loss of gold gilding. The frame feels smooth to the touch. The frame has an aged patina.
Date: Late 19th century
Size: 3 ½ x 2 ¾ inches
Condition: Porcelain portrait miniature is in excellent bright, non-faded condition. The metal frame has darkened over time to an aged patina. Please see photos.
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