A very early mourning pendant/brooch frame in 12k gold, with superb hand painted portrait miniature. Reverse it and you find the woven plaiting of brunette hair (likely from beneath the white wig) of the gentleman in the painting. Surrounded by tiny seed pearls (some dislodged over the centuries), and a gold monogram. A very superb love token, mourning the loss of a young aristocrat who might well have been a barrister or judge. The Miniature is likely English, and of course they still have the old tradition of the white wig worn to court. It might be possible, with time and effort, to sort out who this man is. For our part, we just find the painting and the superb mount and appeal to be enough. Seed pearls were the iconic symbols used to represent the tears of the mourner, remember. Hung from a long velvet ribbon as a pendant in it's day, then hung within a larger frame with hooks at home, it appears it was converted to also have a brooch back, likely in Victorian era. The long pin and c-clamp help to date it. His cravat, his formal double-breasted jacket, hand into lapel and those blue blue eyes bring him back to life, almost. A superb painting! I've pulled out the stashes of antique jewelry and will be working at getting it all listed in weeks ahead. Do come back and pick your favorites. SO many treasures! Thank you for following us, and for your many years of business. We love what we do! Very good to excellent for age and type. Georgian to earliest Victorian era, this. Tested generously sized frame and large bale at 12k gold. The later addition of a brooch pin and c-clamp do not. Perhaps a lower gold content. Can be worn as a pendant or a brooch. Large.
Measurements are noted directly on the photos. The bale adds to it, but the oval is, itself, 2.75" x 2.25", and is a bit oyster shaped, .25" thickest. No chips or cracks. Some spot on the gentleman's coat from dust and years. Hair is neatly plaited and woven and undisturbed. Seed pearl halo can be seen to have some pearls dislodged. Very tiny, they're 1-1.5mm at most. The interior monogram is likely also gold. We have not opened it to test. The cover glass is slightly beveled. Has a little wear to it, but no chips or cracks. A fine item, indeed.
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