Styled in a form reminiscent of the Mona Lisa, there is a bit of drapery and outdoor view stretching behind this sitter, hinting at something more if only we knew her and her history. Perhaps only a coincidence, but rarely so. Look at her jewelry and gown, the delicate lace collar and bonnet.A frame of bottle curls and those slightly sad gray-green eyes. With the notation of her black gown and the mourning jewelry at her lace collar, it mnight be that this is a young widow in mourning.
No ID so no ability to research, but what a fabulous painting it is. Excellent to very good condition for age and type. Painting is done in gouache or watercolor.
You can see a little crack/loss to the outer portion of the panel upon which she is painted. When she is in l frame, those minor flaws do not show. Frame is typical of the era c. About portrait miniatures and miniature paintings: There are two types of miniature portrait or painting. Prior to the invention of photography (1838's Daguerreotype), the only way to preserve a likeness was to sit for an artist's original portrait, or to have your likeness carved in wax, wood, or sometimes terra cotta or ivory.
The miniature portrait industry was one mostly reserved for the well-to-do, though lesser sketches in pastel, conte crayon, charcoal, or pencil also survive on a more common level - usually done by a family member. These survive as masterpieces in miniature, quite often, and a one of a kind treasure. So there are the ones that are not made as souvenirs of famous paintings and portraits (often noted as'apres' or after the work of such-and-such artist, and often recognized and reproduced in numbers for tourist trade of 18th - 19th century), Those are personal, usually far more delicately detailed, and represent original works of art that are collected, sometimes signed by the artists who practiced portraiture in miniature. They might be the only image a parent would have after the marriage of their daughter, whose marriage took her far from home. Or the image given to a betrothed, or as political offering or to show a prospective spouse in another country just whom he or she was proposed to by family/political union.
They are history in testate and should survive for hundreds of years to come, the only remainder of a person's lifetime, in many cases. I'm going to list quite a few, and this description will suffice for all - as to the origins and importance of the works. Image Hosting by Ruby Lane. Icon here or above to see more of our inventory, offerings and venues.
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The item "Fine Antique French Portrait Miniature, Woman in Lace, Posed like Mona Lisa" is in sale since Thursday, September 15, 2016. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".The seller is "antiquesuncommontreasure" and is located in San Marcos, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.