I would suspect this is a lady whose sense of style was to the northern European countries taste, though her low bodice Empire gown is certainly the fashion of her era (earliest 1800s). The beautiful fabrics depicted as her wrap and her hat delight the eye, intrigue the viewer. A well-accomplished artist who has not signed the work, yet has fine knowledge and treatment of anatomical study, light and drapery. She fairly inhabits the room as a 3-d figure, if you look at her. Nicely done, very unique and appealing. The painting is just in from Europe, is in a lovely large frame and is, itself, a rather large wafer, good sized painting for the old miniatures on natural wafer. Turning the frame over, you see it would have once had an easel stand but that is no longer with it. The hanging loop, however, remains. Lovely old treasure of fine quality and high appeal!
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Bow-top dore bronze frame is mounted in larger rectangular form desktop frame that would have once had an easel stand but that part has gone missing over time. Silk lined back has some fading (from original pink to more pale salmon color, as you can see). Front of outer frame is covered in silk velvet and is in good form, presents well. A lovely old beauty. The thin natural wafer is without warp, no chips or cracks or hairlines to diminish either enjoyment nor value of this fine portrait. Lovely pose, interesting costumery.
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