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Antique French Empire Portrait Miniature of Lady with Red Coral Jewelry, c. 1800
Antique French Empire Portrait Miniature of Lady with Red Coral Jewelry, c. 1800
Antique French Empire Portrait Miniature of Lady with Red Coral Jewelry, c. 1800
Antique French Empire Portrait Miniature of Lady with Red Coral Jewelry, c. 1800
Antique French Empire Portrait Miniature of Lady with Red Coral Jewelry, c. 1800
Antique French Empire Portrait Miniature of Lady with Red Coral Jewelry, c. 1800
Antique French Empire Portrait Miniature of Lady with Red Coral Jewelry, c. 1800

Antique French Empire Portrait Miniature of Lady with Red Coral Jewelry, c. 1800

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A fabulous image, soulful dark eyes and a charming and well-dressed woman whose portrait was painted in the height of the French Empire years, c. 1800-1810 or so. She is both fashionable and very beautiful. Large eyes framed by her tight curls and her elegant neck and bodice highlighting a carved red coral necklace with cross, earrings to match. Perhaps her wedding portrait done for parents or husband, she is both sensual and demure. Red coral was always thought to protect, particularly applying to young women.

Very good to excellent for age and type. The painting is done in gauche on thin natural wafer, typical of the genre and era, and has no chips or cracks or hairlines. There is a single flaw to note, however. That spot that looks almost like a large bodicer or brooch - it's a mildew blossom, I think. It's definitely not a piece of jewelry. Because the back is sealed, I didn't open it up to scan the image or to investigate further. It's possible that it might just brush right off, but I'm leaving it to the next owner to determine if they wish to try. No warp to the wafer and no other indications of any moisture, so it might well be a tiny spider's web cluster. I can't tell. Frame is very nicely preserved, original to the painting.