Purchased in France, this portrait miniature of a lovely young woman in Empire fashion clothing (dates to earliest 1800s) and a fur trimmed cape that drapes the chair upon which she is seated for her portrait. Tight curs frame her face and a hat with large feather shades her gaze. Fair haired and very light brown eyes, a cupid-bow mouth, she's just lovely. And in her hands she holds a red purse, or is it a letter? Perhaps, as the movie in my head plays, the young woman holds a letter from her lover who proposes, and the painting was done as her answer. Was it a yes or a no? She does not give it away. The unusual frame and slightly different style to the painting suggests this one might be a German miniature. The clothing is definitely French Empire, however, so it is entirely possible it's a painting that has been framed over again well after it was done. The frame is a beveled and velvet covered one with brass mat framing in the aperture. Fabric back and an easel stand. We don't usually see this type frame in French miniatures, but it's also 1800s, perhaps later though than the painting. Together, a really lovely presentation. Would be lovely in a doll house, on a miniature dressing table for your Bru or other antique doll. Or among your own collection of miniature paintings. Done in gauche on think natural wafer, per usual for this genre.
Very good to excellent condition, no chips or cracks in the wafer upon which the painting is done. There is a nipped corner, but the paint covers it so it was original before the painting was done. The frame is covered in silk velvet, has a fabric covered back and is in very good condition throughout. A lovely addition to your collection (or mine).
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