Here is another of the fine Antique French portrait miniatures of a beautiful young woman who shows her allegiance to the Royals soon after The Terror. The blood-red sash spilling over her shoulder is indication she lost someone to the guillotine, or was of the Noble families who fled France in the midst of the French Revolution. Most of these portraits date c.1795 - 1805, and I believe this to be accurate for her. No artiste signature, and no ID for her, she is mounted with an 18k gold oval mount atop a fine 3" diameter snuff box. Large gray eyes, expressive face, protected these 220-230 years beneath the original mount and convex cover glass. The portrait on this box is 2 1/4" x 1 7/8" oval, and all photos have been taken through the cover glass.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The painting is in excellent form, not signed by the artist. If there is a signature or ID, it remains hidden on the edge of portrait under the 18k gold mat, or perhaps info could be found on back of portrait. I didn't take the portrait mount out of this one, fearing disruption. The box has very old and repaired break along an edge of bottom half. I have marked it for your review. Otherwise, excellent and it displays beautifully. Harder to see the flaw when closed. This one is tortoise shell, dark chocolate colored.
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