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Antique Edwardian 14k Gold Seed Pearl Cartouche Frame, Child Miniature Portrait
Antique Edwardian 14k Gold Seed Pearl Cartouche Frame, Child Miniature Portrait
Antique Edwardian 14k Gold Seed Pearl Cartouche Frame, Child Miniature Portrait
Antique Edwardian 14k Gold Seed Pearl Cartouche Frame, Child Miniature Portrait
Antique Edwardian 14k Gold Seed Pearl Cartouche Frame, Child Miniature Portrait
Antique Edwardian 14k Gold Seed Pearl Cartouche Frame, Child Miniature Portrait
Antique Edwardian 14k Gold Seed Pearl Cartouche Frame, Child Miniature Portrait
Antique Edwardian 14k Gold Seed Pearl Cartouche Frame, Child Miniature Portrait
Antique Edwardian 14k Gold Seed Pearl Cartouche Frame, Child Miniature Portrait

Antique Edwardian 14k Gold Seed Pearl Cartouche Frame, Child Miniature Portrait

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Late Victorian to early Edwardian English frame, 14k gold & seed pearl monogram.  Marketed via Regent Street seller, "Alex B Jones & Co, at 154 Regent St." (London) - a very elegant shopping street then and now. Lovely padded velvet body of frame (over wood) has a leather-covered back with easel, gold embossment, and holds the charming pencil and gouache portrait of a small child inside. The artwork is unsigned, but an original, not a print, and is done on heavy paper. One is inclined to think it a mourning portrait and frame due to the seed pearls worked into the R B B monogram (tested at 14k gold) which crowns the frame above the portrait's aperture. Protected under the original cover glass, it's in fine form and has definitely been a commissioned work as well as one well cherished. I found it in England decades ago.

Very good to excellent condition throughout. No loss to the old silk velvet nap at all, which is claret-wine colored. Yes, we did take off the monogram, suspecting such fine work would be gold. It is 14k gold and the seed pearls are very fine, indeed. The leather-covered backing attaches by means of 4 corner screws, all in place. I've shown a photo of the frame taken apart so you can see how it is hand-crafted, as well. Someone's treasure! Lovely art! Seems almost more like a jewelry item than a frame, doesn't it. Were one's monogram "R B B", it might be tempting to have that monogram hanging on a fine neck chain now and then, too. You decide.