Rather large at 3" diameter, this is a mid-late 1700s hand painted portrait in miniature. The frame acid-tests at 14k gold, and is yellow in color, has a firmly attached bale up top. Unusual outdoor pose, but typical of the style popular in the era of Marie-Antoinette, as is the casual costumery. There is a lock of hair housed within the locket-like frame's back, mingled with a large gold monogram we suspect is also karat gold, but we have not opened to test. Captures the time and the image of a lovely young woman, her hair down and a lovely impression for any sophisticated collector's display, enjoyment.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Painting is unique - outdoors and very "Marie-Antoinette" era in dress, hairstyle and emotion. The frame is acid-texted, 14k gold facings at least. I did not text mid-band. Displays beautifully, in spite of a slight scum that has formed on the inside of the glass, particularly the backside cover glass. I am not willing to take it open to clean that inner glass, but it would appear it can be done should our buyer wish to have it. A larger miniature than most of its time, this one is a full 3" in diameter. No chips or cracks, no hairlines nor warp to the painting.
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