If your taste in dolls runs to the early, early, early items, this 18th century portrait will intrigue you. It is a depiction of a very fine Lady - possibly Marie Antoinette herself - done in either pencil or fine ink, and gouache on paper. Her hair is worn in an elaborate coiffure, she wears a lovely court dress, and holds a sprig of flowers in her hand. The Lady's face is especially sensitively done. I imagine it hung at the back of a cabinet with a display of early wooden dolls, can't you?
The portrait is framed with a painted and gilded wooden frame with wear to the gilding. It might be a Florentine frame, and the age is hard to ascertain. It is an old frame, but may not be as old as the portrait. Still, it compliments the art nicely. Beneath the glass, the portrait is matted in card stock with a gilt liner in an oval cut. The frame measures 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" (19.5 x 24.5 cm). The oval inside measures 4 x 5 1/4" (10 x 13 cm). The piece is in lovely condition and ready to hang.
Eighteenth Century Portrait of a Lady - Miniature - Great for Doll Display