Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


European Portrait Miniatures: Eighteenth Century

Listed in chronological order by the date of each painting
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Portrait Miniature of a Late Eighteenth Century Gentleman (Believed to Be an Engineer), Seated at a Desk with a Drawing of an Arched Bridge -- Artist Unknown

Late Eighteenth Century Gentleman (Believed
to Be an Engineer),
Seated at a Desk
with a Drawing of an Arched Bridge

Believed to be Swiss
circa 1785
Artist unknown

2 3/8 inches diameter (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in in a double
sided gilt metal case with a decorative monogram
(with what appears to be the initials "C T K") to the reverse,
created with human hair and sepia-toned watercolor

 

 

 

 

Miniature portrait of a late eighteenth century German lady depicted as "The Pentinent Mary Magdalene" -- artist unknown

Late Eighteenth Century German Lady,
Depicted as "The Penitent Mary Magdalene"

German
circa 1790
Artist unknown

2 9/16 inches diameter (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal surround that was likely originally affixed within an ebonized wood frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by an unknown artist depicting Madame de La Roque (née Marie Thérèsa de Cairon) and Her Daughter, Elisabeth (Who Later Became Madame Morin de Banneville)

Madame de La Roque (née Marie Thérèsa de Cairon)
and Her Daughter, Elisabeth (Who Later Became
Madame Morin de Banneville)
(identified by original, handwritten notes on the reverse of the portrait)

French
circa 1795
Artist unknown

2 9/16 inches diameter (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal surround and affixed within an ebonized wood frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Otto Gosse of Caroline Sabina Victoria de Poulhariez-Cavanac (1792-1834) and Aimé-Jacques Poulhariez-Cavanac (1790-1836), the young children of the Marquis de Cavanac, playing with a bird

Caroline Sabina Victoria de Poulhariez-Cavanac
(standing, left; 1792-ca. 1819) and
Aimé-Jacques Poulhariez-Cavanac
(seated, right; 1790-1836), Playing with a Bird

Austrian
dated 1797
by Otto Gosse
(signed lower right, "Otto Gos/se / 1797")
3 inches diameter (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt metal surround
that is further set within a wooden frame (not pictured)

 

 

 

 

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