A superb pair of portrait miniatures painted on porcelain and framed in brass frames with convex (bubble) glass. They are signed H.P. Muehlenbeck and dated 1930. The frames measure 4 1/4" by 3 1/2". The portrait of the woman is in near perfect condition. The signature and date are clearly legible on the lower left side. The mans portrait has some paint loss/oxidation , mostly around the bottom edge. The signature is only partly visible on this one. There are a couple of minor scratches on his face as well. These are not really noticable to the naked eye. They both actually look much better in real life. They are simply superbly painted. Especially the flesh tones, they almost look like photographs.
About the artist: Herbert Muehlenbeck was born in Peoria, IL. on april 13th, 1886. He was a pupil at the Chicago Art Institute and was listed as an associate member of the prestigious Palette and Chisel Academy in 1916. He moved to Seattle WA at some point and is listed in "Who's Who in Northwest Art". He was a member of the PSG of NW men painters and is listed in both Davenports and Dawdys. He was known for portraits and landscapes and exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute and the Seattle Art Museum. Major Works include portraits of M.E. Hay who was the Governor of WA state 1909-1913 and Louis F. Hart, who was Governor of WA state from 1919-1925. He also painted the capital building in Olympia, WA.