I've got a stack of wonderful old antique Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian era portrait miniatures stacked here, and will list with brief intro and description just to get them listed. They are, each one, fabulous. Each is sold separately. This one is a lovely old French painting from the late 1700s to earliest 1800s, and is identified so we have an interesting history about this beauty with her open bodice (some would consider this a 'naughty', but in fact it is the fashion of her time). Our painting is not of a random busty temptress, though one could certainly say it is true of this woman's visage. She is actually a woman famous for her talents, her writing (many novels) and known as an educator. Her history is wonderful to read but is too long to include here. This is one I thoroughly enjoyed researching! She is Madame de Genlis (married name), but her full name is Stephanie Felicite Ducrest de St-Aubin, and even as an 11 year old, she was noted for being a woman after whom men threw their hearts away. A bit evil, by some accounts, she was in any case a very controversial figure. Do look up her history! The thin natural wafer has been shown in scan for you, and it's in remarkably good condition for age and type.
Very good condition, no chips or cracks or hairlines or warping to the wafer upon which the watercolor of guache painting has been executed. You'll want to do an internet search to read more about this famous French woman, and perhaps read her novels. A rare subject for miniature painting, we have not had her before. Slight loss to paint around the very perimeter fo the painting, which does not show much when she is in her frame. I have scanned the wafer/painting for your review, including the old backing with name, etc., The frame is not much, but the painting is fabulous!
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