In the manner of the early to mid-1700s tiny portrait miniatures, mounted within small pocket cases like this one, resides a pair of hand painted portrait miniatures, man and woman, and I do believe that is Marie-Antoinette on the right. Living portraits of her in her youth show that same facial construction and features. The face of the man's portrait is a bit rubbed, but it is likely a young King Louis XVI, and might possibly have been a souvenir of their marriage. Typical of these early ones, they're very small and do not have cover glass. Usually the old case would be like this, or perhaps in leather-clad wood or shagreen (galuchat, the leather from stingray). A sweet pair, and she certainly is a Habsburg, if not Marie-Antoinette. An early one I've had for decades in my own collection, the case is just 2" x 1.75" oval. Her face is just 1/2", chin to hairline. Amazing work. It's really the size of a locket, though no bale or fitting for a bale was ever part of it.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The outer carved ivory case, or etui, remains undamaged by the centuries. The 2 paintings are in gouache on thin wafer, no cover glass (typical of this type cased images). The gentleman's face has been rubbed, but her face is most surely that of a young bride, Marie-Antoinette. They are as you see them.
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