Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


European Miniature Portraits: Eighteenth Century

Listed in chronological order by the date of each painting
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Miniature portrait of a Swiss engineer or architect of the late eighteenth century, seated at a desk -- artist unknown

Swiss Engineer or Architect of the Late
Eighteenth Century,
Seated at a Desk

Swiss
circa 1785
Artist unknown

2 3/8 inches diameter (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a circular, gilt metal pendant frame with an
elaborate monogram ("T. C." or "C. T.") to the reverse created with gouache, hairwork and gold filigree

 

 

 

 

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 Marie-Sophie Loisier depicting a distinguished looking French gentleman of the period of the French Revolution, seated at a desk.

Distinguished Looking French Gentleman of the Period
of the French Revolution, Seated at a Desk

French
dated 1793
by Marie-Sophie Loisier
(fl. 1793-1802)
(signed Loisier)

2 5/8 inches diameter (sight)

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

 

 

 

 

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, depicting 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 (1792-1834) and
Aimé-Jacques Poulhariez-Cavanac (1790-1836),
the Young Children of the Marquis de Cavanac, Playing with a Bird

(identified by original, handwritten notes on the reverse of the portrait)

Austrian
dated 1797
by Otto Gosse

3 inches diameter (sight)

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

 

 

 

 

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