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Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp
Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp
Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp
Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp
Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp
Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp
Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp
Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp
Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp
Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp

Tiny 18th C. Antique French Portrait Miniature in Easel Back Frame, Was 2" Bracelet Clasp

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Just a gem! This superb tiny painting, incredible work on a face just 1/2" from chin to hairline. Handsome young French man, c.1830s, he is mounted in what was once a largish clasp for a bracelet or perhaps elaborate necklace. You see the clasp insert space to one side. Quite thick and heavy, it has been adapted ages ago with a backing and hinged easel stand. The cover glass is thick, almost works like a magnifying glass, and certainly brings more light to the painting within. The locket-type mount front lifts out of the mount for ease in cleaning cover glass, and there's a recess of about 1/4", seems likely to have once had a lock of hair within the space behind the painting. Someone's keepsake - a bride, or his parents. Kept and treasured nearly 200 years. 

Very good to excellent condition for age and type, as noted above it has been adapted from a jewelry clasp for a necklace or bracelet. The easel back is likely later 1800s, but the jewelry mount and painting are c.1830s. Cover glass is thick, convex, a bit magnifying, and undamaged. Painting in gouache on very thin wafer, I find no damage nor loss. A fine painting! Amazing artistry to put so much into a 1/2" face! Full measurements are noted on the photos.