Great old French frame, and inside is a lovely young woman, the 3rd we've listed tonight that wears a broad-brimmed hat. Quite a beauty, she is the subject of this miniature painting, a stunning example of the popular genre, pre-photography which makes this one likely pre-1839, when the only way to preserve a likeness was by hiring an artist, or miniaturist. This one is signed by the artist, - a very adept artist, certainly, though I can't see a signature. You know, In his book, "The Judgment of Paris", Ross King reminds us that the French Impressionists whose work now command millions of dollars, worked as tourist's portraitists about this time just to feed themselves and keep paints and supplies in stock. Wouldn't it be amazing to learn that some portrait in your collection could be traced to Manet, a young Gaughan, Monet or Degas? Certainly a lot of the ones that have passed through our shop over time have been deserving museum quality pieces. One wonders!
Very good to excellent condition, there isn't a single flaw to note in the painting. Frame is delightful and worth the price we've set for the entire portrait. Original slightly convex and polished cover glass is also in place and excellent. We'll be offering a number of fine portrait miniatures, listing today. Look for others - collect a Master!
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