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Hand-painted miniature portraits were the predecessors of photography. In an age when no other means of preserving a likeness was available, a hand-painted portrait was a treasure and a legacy passed from generation to generation. Painting surfaces for these miniature works of art varied from porcelain and celluloid to ivory. Some portrait miniatures were done of famous "beauties" of the era, others were of classic style beauties rather than a particular real person.
Conceived as personal mementos and tokens of affection, these intimate images were carried or worn by both men and women as a means to keep loved ones close at heart, even when they were not physically present.

Featuring a lovely, if worn, this portrait features the full length of a woman in 18th Century dress, with one scandalous ankle exposed. Weighing 2.8 rams, boasting an all original, perfect pearl halo, and beautifully decorated split shank shoulders. 


Materials and Features: 18k gold, enamel

Age/Origin: 19th C, French, c. 1860

Measurements: Size 7.5, 2.8 grams

Condition: Some abrasion to the porcelain image; a beautifully hand painted piece that has seen years of love and appreciation. Pearls are original. Please see photos for more.

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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