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Antique French Portrait Miniature in 14k Gold Frame, Directoire, c.1770s, Hair
Antique French Portrait Miniature in 14k Gold Frame, Directoire, c.1770s, Hair
Antique French Portrait Miniature in 14k Gold Frame, Directoire, c.1770s, Hair
Antique French Portrait Miniature in 14k Gold Frame, Directoire, c.1770s, Hair
Antique French Portrait Miniature in 14k Gold Frame, Directoire, c.1770s, Hair
Antique French Portrait Miniature in 14k Gold Frame, Directoire, c.1770s, Hair

Antique French Portrait Miniature in 14k Gold Frame, Directoire, c.1770s, Hair

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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.