This remarkable antique miniature painting is a unique and finely-crafted piece of Georgian artwork.
This piece looks tiny in the pictures, but it is a perfect size at almost 3" in diameter.
It has beautiful gold gilt detailing around the "eye" of the porcelain painting.
The subject matter is romantic and ethereal. It is incredibly beautiful and captivating.
What makes this so unusual is the alabaster frame and the interior 'matting' with the gold gilt stars that perfectly frame the beautiful subjects of the painting itself.
Miniatures like this one were often given or commissioned to commemorate an event or the passing of a loved one.
This remarkable example features exceptional, delicate details and a frame made of sensuous alabaster.
Only the most skilled craftsman produced miniatures like this one.
Tedious and delicate brushwork captivates in this elegant scene of two ladies feeding a swan.
As you can see, the painting is visible through an eye shaped opening in the surrounding dome of enameled and gilt glass.
The scene is rendered in minuscule detail and features a remarkable degree of realism and vibrant color.
The glass dome that covers the tiny painting is decorated with navy-blue, white and shimmering gold gilt and enamel.
The gilding / enamel shows some minor crazing and expected wear.
As you can see, the alabaster frame boasts an opulent shade of rich taupe with some ochre marbling throughout.
The obverse side of the frame is covered in paper while the back of the painting is lined in Royal blue silk.
You will notice that the reverse shows a fair amount of darkening and wear.
Finally, a small brass loop at the top of the frame will allow you to display your new piece with ease.
Despite some expected wear and minor enamel-loss, this remarkable miniature remains in good antique condition.
This is a highly collectible and elegant example of Georgian miniature painting at its finest.
Measurements: Frame measures 2 5/8" in diameter (3" tall with loop), Glass dome measures 1 3/4" in diameter, Miniature painting is approx. 1 3/8" tall Weight: 67.4 grams (2.38 oz)