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Unusual Miniature Portrait of a French Woman  c1780

Unusual Miniature Portrait of a French Woman c1780


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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Miniatures: Pre 1800: Item # 1407016

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A fine miniature painting done with watercolors on natural material. The sitter is dressed in a diaphanous white gown edged in pale blue at the bodice, with a similar scarf trailing from her towering hair style.

The reverse of the portrait deserves special mention as it depicts a sheaf of wheat done with meticulous hairwork, cinched with a gold band and set against a mother of pearl background. Wheat was often used to symbolize immortality and resurrection.

The condition of the vermeil (gilded silver) case, the painting, and the reverse is excellent, with no issues or problems. The photo of the wheat side is poor because of light reflections, but the piece itself is bright and immaculate. Size is 2 1/4" by 2".