John Miers (1756–1821) was the most famous painter of miniatures and silhouettes of his era in Britain. The sitter's face was recorded as a black silhouette and Miers’ miniatures featured the most delicate shading to show detail of the hair and clothes. These could have been for personal or mourning use. This original red leather silk-lined box opens and closes with a hook and eye. When opened, the little box is lined with cream silk satin and the base has the trade label for Miers, “Opposite Exeter Change, Miers Profile Painter and Jeweller. No. 111 Strand. Manufacturer of every description of Miniature Frames and Cases, London”. It contains an original locket which is covered in glass on both sides and its frame tests as 10 carat gold. On one side appears to be deep green fabric and on the opposite side is a backing of deep cream card, possibly this has never had a portrait miniature within it, or being such a personal item, this may have been removed. This item is a fascinating document to the presentation of items by this exclusive and prestigious maker. This would be an amazing addition to any important collection of portrait miniatures or silhouettes. Box measures 1.75 ins (4.5cm) x 2 ins (5cm) x 0.5 ins (1cm). Weight 24 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 411.
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