A portly gentleman in his red coat, definitely 1700s and not later than 1780s from the fashion and style of hair, as well. We think this is a wealthy merchant rather than a military costume, though you experts might help shed light on that. The embroidered top stitching can be seen on his jacket, and even the buttons on his vest, the tucks in his cravat. I suspect he wears a wig here, and so there is some question whether he might have been a member of the legal profession in his time. The portrait is small (measurements in photos) and for its size, a thrilling image to behold. The personality shines through his eyes, his 5 o'clock shadow makes him the more masculine and his jowls tell us he was not among the starving masses. Of course we know that anyone who was well-to-do enough to have their image rendered thus would have been very important, indeed, or quite wealthy. Would that we knew who he is. Isn't he just exceptionally fine! He is protected under glass, and we have tested and confirmed the gold mount which is either brooch or pendant is 16k yellow gold.
Very good to excellent. Dating c.1770-80, we're quite sure, this one is a fabulous find either for the jewelry collector or for one who is fascinated by fine old portrait miniatures. Tested at 16k solid gold, it would have been a very fine and of course a hand made casement in its time, and the painting is in gauche or watercolor on thin natural wafer, typical of the genre. The box shown with it is not original to it and is shown for ambiance only, is not included. Same for the seed pearl necklace we've shown with it - again, for ambiance only and sold separately.
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