Framed in a wood outer frame with a mat of ivory and the old original convex cover glass, this artist signed work in miniature shows us a beautiful young woman in French Empire, earliest 1800s, her Titan or guillotine haircut helps us understand she is a Royalist, and quite possibly the portrait was painted while she and remaining family members lived in exile from France during Revolution and into Napoleonic era, having likely lost family members to the guillotine. Her red sash also is an indication of the political statement her portrait makes. I am unable to read the signature, sorry. Full measurements are noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition, rather unique in frame and mat, really, not typical of the French in that era so another clue to her being in exile. That inner mat is ivory, so our rules on ivory will apply to this one. I see no flaws to note, very nicely preserved. One could certainly polish that inner brass aperture frame to a brighter finish, which we did not. Again, outer frame is hand carved in wood, then gilded. Quire a beautiful frame for this poignant portrait.
IMPORTANT NOTE regarding antique tortoise shell or ivory: We are great supporters of protection for endangered species in our modern world. We never buy or sell anything 100 years or newer; we donate to anti-poaching organizations; we don't hunt; we conserve in ways that impact global warming (we're totally solar at home), knowing those measures also protect the animals in the wild today. We also recognize the vast cultural history we preserve with our care and reverence for these antique objects, and agree with CITES that objects over 100 years of age have nothing whatsoever to do with species depletion in our current world.
Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.
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