An extraordinary 18th century Georgian portrait miniature set into a substantial 18ct gold locket pendant. Exquisitely painted and superb quality the reverse of the pendant has a solid gold back with a small oval compartment in the centre containing a braided hair weave. As an added treat the miniature comes in the antique faux tortoiseshell jewellers case shown in the photos.
The bust length portrait is meticulously painted in vivid watercolour and it depicts a beautiful young Regency era woman against a rich orange and brown background. She wears a white satin and lace gown that provides a striking contrast against the vibrant background and she is wearing what looks like a tiny coral brooch in her décolletage. With her hair upswept in elaborate loops and cascading curls she looks like she has just stepped out of the pages of a Jane Austen novel!
Steeped in history this beautiful miniature masterpiece is an absolute delight. Portrait miniatures were used as portable and wearable reminders of loved ones long before the advent of photography and they offer us a fascinating glimpse into the past.
A one of a kind and truly special addition to your antique jewellery collection. Please note the chain shown is not included.
MATERIALS: 18ct yellow gold
MEASUREMENTS: 3-3/8" (8.5cm) high including bail, 2-1/2" (6cm) wide, 12.85mm deep, the ring bale on the top swivels and it measures 15.25mm
WEIGHT: 36.8 grams
DATE: Georgian, circa 1820
HALLMARKS: none, acid tested and verified 18ct gold
CONDITION: in very fine antique condition, any discoloured areas on the gold are reflections. The painting is still fresh and vibrant with no noted areas of loss or deterioration. The glass is free of cracks or chips and the hair in the back panel is still tightly woven. The jewellers case is printed 'John Mason, Watchmaker & Jeweller, Estd. 1695. 36, High St., Rotherham' inside the lid, it has a paper covered wood exterior with a velvet and satin lined interior and it is in good condition.
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Materials: 18ct gold.