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Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid
Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid

Antique French Revolution Youth or c.1795 Incroyables Portrait Miniature, Long Braid

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Artist signed, "Metayer", dating c.1795. A fabulous and rare portrait miniature, I believe his is a young man of the "Incroyables et Merveilleuses" - (incredibles and marvelous) the slightly smug face of a spoiled rich fashionable Parisian making political statement. An exquisite and artist signed French portrait miniature, outlandish fashion of overthink cravat and double breasted short coat in navy blue, high collar, powdered hair or topper wig, long in back and pulled to a low-tied pony tail. The white cravat with ruffled bib, (thick-wrapped cravat - reminder of the neck wounds of the guillotined Royals). He might well have been one of the wealthy students at the 1832 student uprising, Paris, barricade of a real-life Les Miserables, but in fact he dates earlier. The portrait is, I am certain, c.1795-99, instead, mean he is an aristocrat in support of Royalty overthrown and beheaded in The Terror. "Mods" in their time. A fashion celebrating excess, riches, these young people scandalized Paris in the days after the execution of Robespierre. The history is wonderful and must be read. The fat cravat is a typical sign of support and memorial to those aristocrats who were overthrown in the French Revolution, late 1700s. So he's somewhere between 1795 to 1799 when the fashion exuberance faded. Do read about this short period in fashion. All the history is so interesting. 

Very good to excellent condition for age and type, some light wear to the old wood frame, 225+ years hence, but the painting is just exceptionally well preserved, a thicker wafer than usual so no warping, no cracks. Original frame and convex polished cover glass - all fully intact. Full measurements noted on the photos.