A charming miniature portrait, on natural organic material, of a child, signed Mercier for Mlle Hyacinthe Mercier.
The painting is in excellent condition, and is housed in its original silver and embossed tortoise shell frame. The shell portion has two unimportant splits, visible at 6 and 9 o'clock in the photo. Sight size of this little gem is 1 7/8 inches by 1 1/2 inches, while the frame size is 3 3/8 inches by 3 inches.
Mlle Hyacinth Mercier worked as a miniaturist in Paris, living at 27 rue Neuve Saint Rochet. She exhibited at the Salon in 1808 and 1810. Her technique most often employed cross-hatched stippled lines, as was the case with others influenced by the work of Louis François Aubry, a well known and important presence in French art at the time. Mercier's biography appears in volume 3 of Schidlof's work on European miniatures,