A moment frozen in time, some 15 or more years before one's likeness could be captured in silver emulsion on a plate, through a camera's lens (Daguerreotypes, the 1st photography, c.1838). This woman of French nobility had her portrait done by an artist known as a 'miniaturist'. Varying ranges of expertise and fame, it was an entire industry the end of which was not long ahead. The old portrait miniatures fascinate me and many many other collectors, for their moment in time and for the exceptional art that is 'portrait miniatures'. From her fashion, hair and gown, I can place this woman into c.1820s-early 30s, at or more than 200 years ago. Most artists then didn't sign their work, and were thought of as laborers, workmen (and some women). The vast majority of these little works of art are without signature, as is the case with this one. Full measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, the painting is in gouache on thin wafer, and is perfectly preserved beneath its cover glass and within the original old French frame. Her portrait is to the larger size for miniatures of her era, perhaps significant to her station in life, or that of her family or husband. The frame shows age but no chips or breaks. A bit of string has her ready for wall display, which she does beautifully.