I do believe this is a French portrait miniature, partly because of the style of frame used, which is typical of the French miniature portraits of the early 1800s. The elaborate collar and tall-collar French overcoat, Napoleonic hair fashion detail is beautifully rendered, as is the gentle smile upon the face of the young man who wears it. The oval aperture is 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" roughly, and the exceptionally fine small painting is done in gauche or watercolor on natural wafer, consistent with the period and genre, and is all original, well protected beneath the glass cover and beautifully framed in thick wooden frame with bright brass mat encircling the oval aperture. The wafer is unsigned, sadly, though one can easily see what a masterpiece of miniature artistry it truly is. We also have no identification on the young man whose likeness is captured herein, nor about her life or story. Costumed as he is, he seems right out of Les Miz and the students, don't you agree?
Very good to excellent condition throughout. You see a rub to the brown jacket he's wearing, visible as well when he in his frame. The wafer has been scanned for your full review, and will show clearest for you in that image (noted as a scan). The camera does slightly wash out the finest detail so we try to always provide a scan for your review of the finer aspects of the painting, which will show to your naked eye. This one is a fine one-of-a-kind personal portrait, certainly the work of a master. Unsigned, undamaged, well framed.
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