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Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame
Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame
Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame
Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame
Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame
Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame
Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame
Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame
Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame
Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame
Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame

Antique French Portrait Miniature, Revolutionary Era Man, c.1789-1800, Bronze Frame

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This one fascinates me. I wish miniaturists had signed their work with more regularity, as this one surely has left an important body of work and yet disappeared into obscurity. This gentleman's head is 5/8" chin to hairline, and yet look how stunning and fine he is enlarged on your screen. How did these artists achieve that in a water-based paint on fragile wafer. If you touch them, the paint rubs off easily. Don't get it wet. The cover glass is all that stands between this visual memory of this man's existence, and obscurity. The fragile nature of the portrait miniature is surely part of its fascination, isn't it. That and the astounding work of these artists.  We do not know his name, sitter nor artist. But we can see a proud and accomplished gentleman, a sure clear meeting of the eyes. The frame is original to this one, surviving still from French Revolutionary times. Measurements noted on the photos. 

Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Not a flaw to note on that wafer, painted in gouache (water paints, essentially) The old frame shows some age from back, but it is all original as you see it, but that inner beige silk panel and the old masking tape holding the miniature in place within. I put it back together just as I found it. The frame is 4.5" square, and another inch for the wreath top or crown. It is, on its own, a valuable antique. Display with easel or hanging loop. Each remains.