Another tiny gem portrait miniature from my own collections, this gentleman's portrait painted mid-1700s, obviously a distinguished gentleman of his time. The backing originally had a seal and official wax seal. One can see fragments of it still there, and I so wish the backing hadn't been opened and the seal lost. It might have helped tell us who this man is. Alas, unsigned, no text on back to tell us the name of our gentleman. More than 270 years ago, he looked like this.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. My thought is the backing was removed to replace a broken original glass, as for this era it would have been a slightly convex polished glass or crystal. This is a cut flat glass. Painting in gouache on thin wafer. I've shown it greatly enlarged for every tiny detail. His face is actually only around 1/2". The incredible artistry of the miniaturists still thrills me. Both clothing and hair and face - all in such detail. Measurements noted on photos. The frame is brass, no gold.
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