A superb, signed example of American miniature portraiture in the waning years of the art, circa the turn of the 19th century! The artist, C. S. Wiltschek, painted several portraits of the Duke family (as in Duke University) which hang in the Lilly Library at the university. The sitter is a regal woman, in pearl, beads and pearl earrings. The gilt metal frame is beautifully chased and enameled, and rests in it’s original leather box (a tad musty). Very good condition; slightly dusty...
A wonderful portrait miniature of a gentleman, in watercolor on ivory, signed (“W. J. Baer”) by the artist and dated 1906. William Jacob Baer, a key figure in the American portrait miniature revival, was born in 1860 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied in Munich in the early 1880’s and was the first president of the Society of Painters in Miniature in New York. The sitter is an imposing gentleman, sporting spectacles, a beard and dark gray coat. Frame tests 14k gold...
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English School Portrait miniature of gentleman, circa 1820, in watercolor on ivory. The painting is wonderful and colorful; the elderly man’s head is bent and he wears a quizzical expression. He sports a white cravat, canary yellow vest and dark blue coat. The reverse featured beautifully plaited hair with gold cipher initials (JC”, I believe). Good condition; there are some white deposits under the glass on the obverse; and dust on the reverse. Measures 2 1/8” by 1 ½”.
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Early 19th century English portrait miniature of a lady, in water color on ivory. Marvelous, primitive style. Lady wears a black dress, white cap, and coral necklace. Set in a gilt metal mount and black papier mache frame. Very good condition; minor dust, and tiny area of paint loss at far edge at 2 o’clock. Measures 2 ¾” by 2 ¼”; framed size is 5” by 4 ¼”.
Continental School portrait miniature of an old soldier, circa 1780, in watercolor on ivory. The elderly sitter is full of character, an old campaigner. He is somewhat stooped, carrying his hat in his left hand and his sword in his right; his belt is quite splendid! Painting is in very good condition, with some dust under the glass. Gilt gesso frame shows wear and chips and some losses to inner border. Sight size 2 ¼” by 1 ¾”; with frame 4 ¾’ by 4 ¼’.
Wonderful original Nathaniel Currier hand painted mourning print lithograph, dated 1848. The print features a grieving woman leaning on a tomb; there are other graves, most tilting, and a church in the background. The tomb reads: To The/Memory Of/A mother and Sister/Susanna Bartlett/Died Dec 31st 1848/Aged 65/Charlotte Bartlett/Died Oct 5th 1848/Aged 30.” “To The Memory Of” is part of the print; the rest is hand lettered...
English School portrait miniature in watercolor on ivory, circa 1830, of a charming young lady with brown ringlets, wearing a black dress and white fichu – she’s probably in mourning, given the dress and the wonderful jet necklace visible through her scarf. Excellent condition. Period papier mache frame. Sight size 2 7/8” by2 ¼”; frame measures 5 1/8” by 4 3/8”.
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Early 19th century English School portrait miniature in watercolor on ivory, of a young gentleman in striped waistcoat, white cravat and black jacket. Set in period papier mache frame with acorn decoration. Excellent condition. Sight size 2 ¼” by 1 ¾”; frame measures 4 ¼” by 3 ¾”.
Continental miniature portrait of a man, in oil on copper, probably 17th Century. The sitter wears a lace collar and black jacket. Set in a brass frame with rope twist border. Good condition; some wear and scratching; back needs securing. Measures 2 ¾” by 2”.
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English School miniature portrait of gentleman, in watercolor on ivory, circa 1820. The gent, portrayed in profile, sports powdered white hair (or wig) with sausage curls, a white cravat and a brown jacket. Set in a traveling case. Good condition: portrait is lovely; background is possibly unfinished. Ivory is a little short for frame. Measures 1 ½” by 1 ¼”.
Lovely 19th century German school miniature portrait of a lovely seated female nude, in a porcelain plaque. Beautifully painted. Good condition: some scratching to left shoulder, left background and right breast! Later frame. Measures 3” by 1 ¾” sight size, 6 1/8” by 4 7/8” framed.
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Miniature portrait of a charming lady by Emily Combe, signed and date 1836. The subject wears a pale blue dress with a wide lace collar tied with bows, and a matching bonnet on her hair. Foskett lists a Miss E. Combe (fl.1834-1840) of London who exhibited at the Royal Academy and Society of British Artists. This portrait is painted in watercolor on card and set in a hammered brass frame. Measures 5” sight size; just over 6 ¾” framed...
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English School portrait miniature in watercolor on ivory, circa 1820, featuring a lady in a white dress with dark curling hair dressed with a blue ribbon. Papier mache frame. Very good condition; reverse needs repapering. Sight size 2 1/6”; with frame.
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American School portrait miniature in watercolor on ivory attributed to William Lewis of Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1833-1836. The portrait depicts a gentleman attired in a white stock and blue coat with brass buttons. Set in a period locket frame with wonderful plaited hair reverse. 2 ¼” by 1 ¾”. Very good condition.
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Wonderful portrait miniature on ivory of an elderly lady, by well-known Scottish artist Patrick McMor(e)land (1741 - died after 1809). The droll old lady wears a black cloak over a white fichu and matching lace bonnet -- her expression is sly and quizzical! The portrait is signed on the obverse with the monogram PM and is set in a gold bracelet clasp; the slides are missing. Measures 1 5/8". Very good condition; there is a small area of retouch to her left shoulder.
19th century molded wax portrait of Captain John Paul Jones, founder of the American Navy. Finely molded portrait of the great naval hero, accented in brown and gold and set in a wood shadow box frame. Excellent condition. Measures 7” by 6”; figure set onto an oval measuring 3 ½” by 2 ¾’.
Charming 19th century pencil drawing of a little girl grieving for her dead bird. Excellent condition, wood frame; a few pieces of the decorative border are missing. Measures 6 ¼” by 4 ¾”; sight size 3 1/8” by 1 ¾”.
Continental School (circa 1785)portrait of a gentlemen, wearing a red coat with white stock and frilled cravat, powdered hair, set in a gilt-metal mount. Very good condition. Measures 2" by 1 3/4".