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An extremely rare 18th Century George III // Queen Charlotte Period double portrait of two adoring women from England, circa 1770-80. Glancing delicately at one another, this extremely rare and special portrait miniature recalls the extremely popular Queen-Anne Double Oval shape that is associated with early 18th century earrings, but is here inverted to create a double frame portrait.

Bowing at the center, the pendant evokes a catty-corner picture frame that encourages the two subjects, perhaps friends, sisters (or lovers? I like that option most ardently,) to look at one another, and address each-other with their meeting gazes. An outstanding sterling and 9ct gold example, this will be a treasured addition to any collection with a particular focus on historical pieces of the 18th C. 

My favorite detail of the pair is two fold; the frames around each portrait in 9ct depicts soaring doves in miniature scale, and the marquesite second frame that holds each round culminates in a delicate olive branch at the top and bottom of the central meeting place, or shared side- in many double heart pieces of this era, the shared side would symbolize where two hearts beat as one. This jewel is extremely rich in the symbolisom of amitie. 

Materials and Features: 9k gold, Sterling, portrait miniatures, pinchbeck top ring, pearl drop. NOTE: I've included an image of Thomas Gainsborough's Portrait of a Lady in Blue for hairstyle reference, circa 1777.

Age/Origin: 18th C, English George III/ Queen Charlotte Era, c. 1770-1780

Measurements: 1.45" diameter, 9.8 grams

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.  


Notes on Portraits + Miniatures;

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 to enamel 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.

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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