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A Superb Miniature Portrait of a Child c1785


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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Miniatures: Pre 1800: Item # 1447005

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This fine work, done in watercolor and bodycolor on organic material, was most probably done in Naples. The sitter is an attractive child looking directly at the viewer and holding a jumping jack toy of Pulcinella, a classical character that originated in commedia dell'arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry. The reverse of the portrait is also quite special, with its plaited hair, ivory plaque, golden hair work initials, metallic threads, and pearls.

The condition of the painting and reverse are excellent, with no issues to speak of. At a few scattered spots at the edges of the gilded frame there are some small areas of barely noticeable wear. The framed diameter of this gem is 2 5/8".