Louis XVI era woman of Nobility, painted in miniature and mounted on a fine snuff box with convex cover glass held in 18k gold mount. The fashion and hair place her in Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette era. Powdered big hair but a slightly more casual gown (also fashion influenced by Marie-Antoinette), a gauzy fichu shawl crossed over the bust. I have not ever removed this one from it's mount, the cover glass is clean and clear and I didn't wish to possibly bend the 18k gold plaque of the mount. I'm never happy with photos through convex glass, and hope you will take into consideration the distortions that causes. Her portrait and the artwork are superb. Full measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition, the painting wafer is fine, undamaged, but apparently unsigned. It is always possible a signature can be found on perimeter, hidden by the gold mat. Likewise, having not opened it, I'm unsure if there might be written indications within to identify portrait or artist. There are a few very small bug bite imperfections to the tortoise shell snuff box, not much but a necessity to point them out - look at all the photos.
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