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18 kt Miniature Portrait Bracelet, 18th Century


One of the most compelling 18th century portraits is this young ginger haired girl with voluminous red curls. The parchment miniature is set in 18kt gold. Her features are fine, her eyes full of life and her smile innocent. Demurely attired as a young lady of a high society family, her dress insert is tied with a blue ribbon revealing only a bit of neck. The tightly woven hair bracelet is in pristine condition and is clearly the hair of the subject as the color is exact. Sadly the miniature is not signed on the front. Often paintings such as this are signed on the reverse. As the portrait is encased the artist remains unknown. It is certainly painted by a known miniaturist of the day rather than a naive traveling artist. The painting style is European, either English or Irish. It resembles artists of the school of painting inspired by Jeremiah Meyer, including artists such as Richard Cosway, John Smart and Richard Crosse who were trained in London. In the V&A there is a painting by Jeremiah Meyer with the same fichu and blue ribbons very similar to this portrait of the youthful girl. The sitter is in a like position and the style of brush strokes on the background bear resemblance to those here. Jeremiah Meyer did not sign his work on the obverse. Please refer to the Victoria and Albert Museum website for further history on the tradition of miniature portraits. Approximately 2 inches high. Immaculate.


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