Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


Likely French Artist: Adele H.

 

 

Cameo Portrait of an Early Nineteenth Century Gentleman

Cameo Portrait of a Mid-Nineteenth Century Gentleman,
Carved into Shell and Mounted in a 14 Karat Gold and
Black Enamel Brooch

Likely French
dated 1859

Signed and dated to the reverse, "Adele H., 1859"

1 x 1 1/4 inches (sight);
full brooch measures 1 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches

Not all antique portraits were taken with a camera or painted with a brush.
Many a Caesar had his countenance sculpted in marble and, centuries
later (especially popular in the 18th and 19th centuries), many a
wealthy individual had their portrait carved into stone or shell by
a master cameo cutter.

 

 

Similar objects in the Tormey-Holder Collection
(click photos for larger views and additional information):

 

Cameo Portrait of a Mid-Nineteenth Century Boy

Cameo Portrait of an Mid-Nineteenth Century Boy,
Carved into Shell and Mounted in a 15 Karat Gold Brooch

 

 

Cameo Portrait of an Early Twentieth Century Gentleman

Cameo Portrait of an Early Twentieth Century Gentleman, Carved
into Striated Black Onyx and Mounted in an 18 Karat Gold Surround

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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