Oh, she's lovely! And we know this charming young woman was the height of fashion in her time, c.1820 by the gigot (or mutton leg) sleeves of her gown, the slender fur boa and matching large fur hat, and the gold chain adornments. Part of what I do love about these (and you know I absolutely love them) are their historical fashion 'freeze'. The woman who's family could afford to have her portrait done is almost always the same young woman who spends her life caught in a fashion whirl. Those who would be a wife of an important and wealthy gentleman. So here she is, 200 years older, yet still frozen in time. Remember, photography would not have been imagined until about 20 years later. This may well be the only preserved likeness of this elegant socialite. If only we had her ID. I am unwilling to break the sealed back to see if three might be ID on the inside, which is sometimes the case. And I don't see a signature unless it's cleverly there upon the letter she writes. I tried but cannot read it. I've purchased her from Paris, but I'm still researching and she could very well be a Russian girl. If you're a costume expert, do email and let me know your opinion. Thanks.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Still sealed with its cover glass, thin wafer painting, elegant Dore bronze French frame. No splits, no damage. Forgive the tiny dust that seems not to show until greatly enlarge digital photos with lighting show me it's there. VERY clean! Stunning moment in French fashion, as well. Full measurements appear on our photos.
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