Georgian 18th C. Antique Portrait Ring with Dog
One of the favorites of The Three Graces is early naive portrait miniatures in jewelry. Charming, quirky, personal and evocative, these miniatures were certainly painted with the aim of capturing the individual and not an idealized idea of a man or woman. Moreover, here we have not only our curly haired maiden, but her beloved pet dog also. Certainly rendered by an untrained portraitist who none the less captured the essence and era of those depicted.
Surrounded by glittering pastes, the miniature is painted in watercolor on an ivory wafer and set under glass. The pastes are set into cut down silver settings, foiled and dynamic in framing the charming couple. The large elongated oval is typical of the later part of the 18th century.
Date: Circa 1790.
Measurements: 1-7/16 inches long (3.7 cm) in length by just shy of ¾ of an inch (1.9 cm) in width. Weight of 7.6 grams (4.9 dwt).
Ring Size: US 7-1/2 (UK O-1/2; Int. Dia. 17.75; Euro 56 mm; Japan 15) and can be easily sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Condition: Excellent for its great age; the miniature has some tiny craquelure and some light paint loss to the upper section; heavy patina between the pastes. Two tiny chips to the rock crystal; a few pastes worn.
Important: This ring should not be in water for an extended period nor exposed to any other liquids, cleaning products or harsh chemicals due to the nature of the piece.
Note: Due to a new California state law, we are unable to ship this item to a California location.
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