Superb French Portrait in 18k with Pearls
An outstanding early 19th c portrait of a young woman in cream and powder blue “regency” period gown, this extremely rare miniature has one of the most spectacular frames we’ve had the pleasure of handling. Nautical symbolism abounds with the seashell-esque rendering of the frame; scalloped waves of 15k are interspersed with very fine “white gold” rippling (this was a fun trick of mixing yellow gold with palladium alloys used as a decorative element in early 19th c jewels at this time.)
At the bottom, two beautiful shells burst forth from wave like scrolls that support the larger frame. One can only imagine why this lovely young woman’s portrait was placed in this sea-faring frame; perhaps she was a water sign.
Materials & Features: 18k gold, 15k gold, pearls
Age/Origin: French, 19th c
Measurements: 17.02 grams, 2.25"
Condition: Excellent condition.
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