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Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame
Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame
Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame
Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame
Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame
Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame
Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame
Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame
Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame
Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame

Superb Antique French Limoges Kiln-fired Enamel Portrait Miniature in Dore Bronze Crest Frame

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The process, working with muddy porcelain 'slip' and then kiln-firing so that the finished decorative surface emerges upon melting. A very arduous and difficult process here, the emulsions are painted on copper plaques or panels, in this case, would have gone through numerous kiln-firings to achieve the finished product. Sometimes foil-backed or jeweled raised dots of thick enamel add a jewel-like feature. This fine 19th century example, a Limoge enamel, has foil under the green gown. A stunning fine portrait of a beautiful woman with long thick chestnut hair, engaging blue eyes and a bared bodice. The frame he's in, which is original, is a fine antique in its own right, 19th century French dore bronze with elaborate crested top, bouquet in vase, Louis XVI manor. Measurements are noted on the photos. 

Very good to excellent for age and type. She dates c. 1850-70, Napoleon III era. The convex copper plate is enameled on backside, too, and has no chips nor hairlines or cracks to the glassine or porcelain-like enamel work. Just superb. The antique frame, likewise, is undamaged and has a fine patina of age. Easel back and hanging loop give you choice on how and where to display her.