Antique Circa 1815 Portrait Miniature Watercolour Faux Effect Tortoiseshell Mount Regency Era
This decorative watercolor on paper side profile depicts an elegant young lady and dates to the beginning of the 19th century, circa 1815. The female sitter is dressed in traditional regency clothing, she is wearing a light blue off the shoulder dress with short puffed sleeve. We adore her coral necklace. She has short, very fashionable curled brown hair - the latest fashion from Paris not quite an à la brutus or à la titus haircut but along those lines. The watercolor is housed beneath a very unusual and very gorgeous reverse painted old bubbled glass mount that was very cleverly painted to imitate expensive tortoiseshell. The 19th century frame features a wonderful Rosewood veneer and external gilt slip, complete with original rear suspension loop.
Measuring: Frame 5.75” (14.5 cm) by 6 5/8” (17 cm). Watercolor approximately 2 3/8” (6 cm) by 2 6/8” (7 cm). Internal 3 3/8” (8.5 cm) by 4 4/8” (11.5 cm).
Condition: This item is in very good condition for its vast age but it is not pristine. The watercolor is crisp and in very good condition, a small black spot is seen on the paper ground to the left of the lady’s nose, there is minor mottling to the ground. We have not opened this picture and so you can see some old dust debris trapped under the glass and to the reverse of the glass. The mount is in good condition with only a small dent to the mount at 9 o clock, we believe that the inner gilt oval card mount has been at some point re-gilded. There is some minor wear to the tortoise shell effect reverse painting at 12 and 6 o clock. The frame and gilt slip are in good condition with natural patina, there are some minor bumps to the frame which is to be expected. The frame has been re-backed at some point.
This decorative little watercolor is perfect for anyone who appreciates all things Regency or wouldn't it work superbly well with your existing antique miniature watercolor collection?
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