This is an 1840’s hand painted marriage portrait of enamel on a jet disk. You see a young bride depicted, but she’s actually presented in the style of a Renaissance annunciation painting. In classic Renaissance style, she’s shown on the exterior of the building holding flowers. We can see in her bouquet that she has roses, forget-me-nots, and other very romantic flowers. I believe that the visual tradition of this piece came from a Fra Angelico annunciation with the Virgin Mary being presented with a lily, and I believe that theme is repeated here. So wonderfully rendered, I think this piece is outstanding and museum quality.
Materials and Features:
14ct gold, hand painted enamel, jet
Circa the 1840’s, possibly English with a later American backing
Dimensions: 47mm x 47mm
Condition: Excellent condition. The backing might be a later addition. Minor associated age wear.
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