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A miniature painting done in watercolors on natural material, signed "C. Greiner along the left center. The sitter is a gentleman dressed in the clothing and hair style popular in the 1841 to 1844 period. Presented in a cast foliate case, the reverse being engine turned with a glazed aperture containing a braid of hair and engraved with the initials JLD.
The painting and the case are in excellent condition with no issues. Overall size of 2 3/8" by 2".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Christopher (or Christian) Greiner (1809-1885) was a painter and miniaturist who worked in Philadelphia and Reading between 1837 and 1864, and exhibited at the Artists' Fund Society in 1844. An excellent and in-depth look into Greiner's life can be found at www.michaelsmuseum.com