In a typical Georgian oyster-case portrait miniature frame, locket style with double convex cover glass panels (front and back) for 2 portraits, it holds just the one. The frame is, in entirety, 14k or 15k gold and is yellow in color. The parts fit together with one side overlapping the other at center and it is not terrifically difficult to take apart yet is firmly together so you could wear this large pendant style portrait like jewelry if you should so choose. Gold bale is large enough for a generous gold chain or for a silk velvet ribbon, either being ways these were worn in Georgian England. Now, to the image. A fine portrait in gouache or watercolor on thin panel, it shows a wonderful visage of a portly but handsome young nobel, his dress coat open and his hand tucked into his vest a' la Napoleon.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, and c. 1780-1830 in date. No marks on the gold but we have acid-tested it. I can test only 14k and then 18k and we suspect this is actually somewhere in between at 15k or 16k gold. It is yellow gold. There is a little collected moisture dissolution to the paint around outer border from some old issue of condensation on the inside of glass. It appears stable and shows very little once it's in the frame as you can see. Both cover glass panels are intact, original and are slightly convex, hence the 'oyster' shape to the piece.
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