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A fine portrait painted by Thomas E. Barratt using watercolor on organic substrate. (In person this work displays much better than the photographs show.)
Aside from the quality and relative rarity of the painting, what makes this offering truly special is the casework. The case is gold and gold on silver and hinges so that the miniature is enclosed on both sides by the metal. The front and back are done with different guilloche (engine turned)designs. Both sides of the case are the same color but the photos were done in different lighting conditions.
The painting and the case are in excellent condition, with no flaws or issues. The overall size is 2 1/2" by 2 1/8".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Thomas E. Barratt (c1814 - after 1854) came to the United States after 1833 and flourished in Philadelphia. He often exhibited between 1837 and 1849 at the Artists’ Fund Society and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work is similar to that of Rembrandt Peale. Examples of Barratt's miniatures are in the Metropolitan Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.