A charming naive portrait miniature of an attractive wasp-waisted young woman, painted by Abraham Parsell. The sitter is wearing a puffy-sleeved velvet trimmed black dress, gold earrings and a gold long chain necklace. The background, of a type used by and associated with Parsell, is done in an interesting pattern of grays and white. The miniature is housed in a dag case.
A beautiful and finely painted miniature portrait painting, done in watercolor on natural material, by Thomas Seir Cummings. The sitter is a very attractive woman wearing an academic or possibly a cleric gown, and a white lace and blue material cap. The frame, which is later, is a beautiful burl wood.
An unusual miniature portrait, done by firing enamel on glass. This combination of subject matter, style, medium, and technique is quite rare for this period and area. The sitter is a quite handsome man in a black coat with a white shirt, vest and tie. He is posed on a red chair in front of a drapery done in hues shading from red to orange. In the center left is a window view of hills, a river and two ships.
A striking miniature portrait painting on organic material, finely painted by John Ramage. The sitter, a gentleman elegantly attired in the height of late 18th century fashion, is wearing a white shirt with a ruffled white cravat and a brick-red coat over a brown-striped vest.
The condition of the painting is superb, with no flaws whatsoever, as is that of the later case. Sight size is 1 5/8" by 1 1/4", and th ...click for details
An absolutely charming American portrait miniature on organic material of a young child. The sitter, holding a ring toy, is in a white dress with red ribbons on the sleeves. The painting in in a period gilded wood frame.
The condition of this fine example is excellent, with no cracks, chipping, or restoration. There is a 3/4" chip at the outmost left lower edge of the frame. Sight size is 2 1/2" by 1 3/4" ...click for details
A well painted miniature portrait, on natural wafer, of a woman who is probably Elizabeth I of England, wearing a blue dress, her signature large neck ruff, and a crown. Clearly done long after her reign, this is a nicely done interpretation of her and her clothing.
The overall size of the brass case is 2" by 1 5/8". Condition of the painting and the frame is excellent, with no cracks, bowing, or restoratio ...click for details
A wonderful and charming pair of portrait miniatures by Moses B. Russell, housed in their original matching gold-filled engine turned cases, each with the sitter's hair in the reverse aperture.
The beautiful young woman, with blue eyes and dark brown hair, is wearing a royal blue dress trimmed with lace at the bodice. Signed on the backing paper "Painted by MB Russell 1843 This Paper to Stay On," and i ...click for details
A finely limned miniature portrait painting by Andrew Plimer. The sitter, a beautiful young woman with dark hair and blue eyes, is wearing a high-necked white dress, a pearl necklace and a pearl barette. She is posed against a cloud filled blue sky. The glazed elaborate reverse has a lock of dark brown hair set with a gilt crescent moon, and a blue enamel plaque set with the initials "GP" picked out with pearls, all against foil backed opalescent glass. ...click for details
A very early and rare miniature, enamel on copper, done circa 1690-1700 by Peter Boy the Elder (1651-1727). The sitter is Johann Wilheim II. He was Elector Palatine (1658–1716) of the Wittelsbach dynasty and was Duke of Neuburg (1690–1716), Duke of Jülich and Berg (1679–1716), and Duke of Upper Palatinate and Cham (1707–1714). From 1697 onwards Johann Wilhelm was also Count of Megen. Clearly a busy and well titled fellow. ...click for details
A miniature portrait painting executed in watercolor on organic wafer. The sitter is a gentleman with green eyes (not often seen in miniatures), dressed in a bluish-brown coat with a blue collar, and a ruffled white shirt.
The overall style of the painting, and the way the hair, wide eyes, and face shadings are done lead to an attribution of Abraham or Joseph Daniel. ...click for details
A nicely painted and early miniature portrait of a man done in watercolor on natural organic material. The blue-eyed sitter is a nice-looking gentleman fashionably attired in a full, long wig, a blue loose fitting robe, and white ruffled shirt.
One of the interesting things about this piece is that the original gold case is of a type known as a "slide case". The top protuberance is attached to a small sheet of ...click for details
This beautiful miniature portrait, painted in watercolor on natural material, is signed "SH 1786" on the right center of the painting, and also on the reverse as "Sophia Howell 1786". The sitter, a woman wearing a white gown with a lace-edged black overpiece, and holding a salmon colored muff, is posed in front of a blue drape and a stone column and plinth.
A totally charming miniature painting of a child, done in watercolor on natural material, and housed in an elaborately molded 15K gold case and surround. The cute sitter is in a white gown and posed against a cloud-filled blue sky, with foliage and a tree to the right. The reverse of the case is glazed, with a lock of hair in the aperture, and a pin so that the miniature can be worn as a brooch.
A miniature portrait of a young boy holding a flute-like instrument. The work is done in watercolor on organic wafer, and has a wonderful ethereal and luminescent quality to it. On the reverse, under glass, is the following information: ""Henry Brooke/born Dec. 26th 1796 painted by his Mother". Housed in its original leather case, which closes properly but does not latch.