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A charming and well-limned portrait on organic wafer, of a young boy in a red dress, holding a ring. The glazed aperture on the back of the foliate cast case contains a photograph of what might be the sitter.
One side of old tag attached to the mini states "From E. Helena Sherman Estate 1997," while the other side of the tag says "Male child of Chapin family Boston 1840." However, the child in the painting is at least 4 years younger than the one in the photograph. Since photography came into commercial use in 1839, the painting is better dated to the 1835-1840 period.
The case is in excellent condition, with some wear to the reverse. The painting has no condition issues at all. Sight size is 2 1/4" by 1 7/8", with the case being 2 5/8" by 2 3/16".