Some creations by our humble hands evoke such magic, wonder and symbolism that it lifts the spirit and soul.
From the Georgian period circa 1800, we have a superlative sepia miniature painting or picture. Memorial and sentimental in nature, the tableau is replete with iconic symbols of love, loss and hope.
Two plinths or columns topped with Ionic capitals stand near each other. On each, initials are inscribed centered in ovals. One with RV entwined and one with J (or I) E.
Columns are often depicted in memorial pieces, usually indicative of a marker to one's passing.
Ivy vines wrap and wend their way around each top to bottom, then upward and over, in the middle forming a love knot. Beneath the knot, braids of the ivy vine, two more large initials are suspended, B and I or J. Ivy symbolizes love and steadfast attachment as well as loyalty.
Atop the left column two flaming hearts burn and smolder. At the apex of the other, two love birds or doves kiss and take flight. A reference to both the spirit living on eternally and mating for life.
On the ground between the columns rests a dog facing left. Canines refer to loyalty and devotion as dog lover's the world over will attest.
The painting is rendered with minute strokes in sepia on bone, carefully illustrated with both shading and line work.
The gone "canvas" on both sides is covered by glass. The reverse piece of glass's perimeter is scalloped in a way seldom found. This is a locket which could be opened if desired. The Three Graces has chosen to leave it untouched. Three fine 18k gold chains suspend the painting from a split ring (Pinchbeck not gold) and it is edged with 18k gold.
This may have been worn on displayed on a wall with other intimate small portrait miniatures. Rare, superb and truly museum worthy.