Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


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Redheaded Jacksonian Era Gentleman

American
circa 1830-1835
by Julius Rubens Ames (1801-1850)

1 9/16 x 1 7/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt copper
case with a cast foliate border and bail, and a glazed compartment
to the reverse containing a tintype photo of the subject at an older age

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Julius Rubens Ames of a gray-haired Jacksonian era gentleman

Gray-Haired Jacksonian Era Gentleman

American
circa 1825
by Julius Rubens Ames (1801-1850)

2 x 2 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt
copper case with a cast foliate border and bail

 

 

 

 

Portrait Miniature of a Young, Federalist Era Girl Holding a Pet Rabbit -- Artist Unknown

Young, Federalist Era Girl Holding a Pet Rabbit

American
circa 1800
Artist unknown

1 1/2 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold, locket-style case

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Carl Weinedel of an early nineteenth century gentleman of Staunton, Virginia

Early Nineteenth Century Gentleman
of Staunton, Virginia

American
dated December 26, 1820
by Carl Weinedel
(ca. 1794-1845)

(Signed, lower left edge, "painted by Weinedel";
and further inscribed in a note to the reverse,
"painted by Weinedel / Staunton December 26th / 1820")

1 1/2 x 1 13/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt copper surround
that was originally set within an ebonized paper mâché frame

 

 

 

 

Jacksonian Era Gentleman
Depicted Holding a Hand in His Waistcoat

American
circa 1830-1835
by William Lewis
(fl. 1806-1837)

1 7/8 x 2 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt copper case
with
a glazed compartment to the reverse containing plaited hair

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Irving Resnikoff of an early twentieth century American boy wearing a sailor suit

Early Twentieth Century Boy
Wearing a Sailor Suit

American
circa 1930
by Irving Isaac Resnikoff (1896-1988),
under the pseudonym Charles J. Fox
(signed obverse, lower left edge, "C. J. Fox")

2 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt brass case

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Nathaniel Hancock of a Federalist era lady of the Ridgely Family

Federalist Era Lady of the Ridgely Family

American
circa 1791
by Nathaniel Hancock (1762-1833)

1 1/4 x 1 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under beveled glass (removed for the photo)
in a gold case with "Ridgely / 1791" engraved to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Nathaniel Hancock of a Federalist era gentleman wearing a brown coat with gold and cream colored facings

Federalist Era Gentleman Wearing a Brown Coat
with Gold and Cream Colored Facings

American
circa 1790
by Nathaniel Hancock (1762-1833)

1 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gold case

 

 

 

 

Memorial portrait miniature by Clarissa Peters Russell  (Mrs. Moses B. Russell) of two deceased siblings

Memorial Portrait of Two Deceased Siblings

American
circa 1845
by Clarissa Peters Russell
(1809-1854; Mrs. Moses B. Russell)

1 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a thermoplastic, figural Union case upon
which an image of two young children are depicted in heavy relief on the cover
(after a 1789 painting of the Calmady children by Thomas Lawrence)

 

 

 

 

Early American Gentleman

Anglo-American
circa 1785
by Joseph Dunckerley (1752-1806)

1 5/16 x 1 3/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilded copper pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Turn of the Twentieth Century British Lady
with Long, Flowing Red Hair

English
circa 1900
by Edith Margaret Cannon (1856-1937)
(signed obverse, lower right edge, "E. M. Cannon")

2 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Early Twentieth Century American Lady
Wearing a Black Dress with a White
Lace Camisole, and Fine Pearls

American
circa 1910
by James Dunbar Houghton
(1853-1936)
(signed obverse, right edge, "J. D. Houghton")

2 x 2 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a
gilt metal case with a cast foliate border

 

 

 

 

Jacksonian Era Gentleman, Seated
in a Chair and Holding a Book

American
circa 1830
by Abraham Parsell (1791-1856)

2 3/16 x 2 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt
copper case with a cast foliate border and bail

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Abraham Parsell of a young, Jacksonian Era girl holding toy bells and a sprig of flowers

Young, Jacksonian Era Girl, Holding
Toy Bells and a Sprig of Flowers

American
circa 1830-1835
by Abraham Parsell (1791-1856)

1 7/8 x 2 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a
walnut-stained wooden frame

 

 

 

 

Jacksonian Era Gentleman, Depicted
with a Dramatic Sky Background

American
circa 1835
by Abraham Parsell (1791-1856)

1 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt copper case with
a cast foliate border and bail, and a glazed compartment
to the reverse containing plaited hair

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature attributed to Edward Greene Malbone of a young lady depicted with a rainbow and cherubs in the background

Newly Updated as of April 16, 2021:

Young, Early Nineteenth Century American Lady,
Depicted with a Rainbow and Three Cherubs in the Background
(One of the Cherubs Holds a Cupid's Bow and Arrow,
and Another Holds a Laurel of Rose Blossoms)

American
circa 1805
attributed to Edward Greene Malbone (1777-1807)

2 x 2 1/2 inches (sight; half side of frame measures 3 3/16 x 3 5/8 inches)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a later (circa 1840)
traveling case (only partially shown) with a mat of embossed sheet brass

 

 

 

 

Early Nineteenth Century American Gentleman

American
circa 1820
by Daniel Dickinson
(1795-1877)

1 16/16 x 2 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt copper case

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Elizabeth Goodridge of a Jacksonian era boy depicted amongst heavenly clouds

Mourning Portrait of a Jacksonian Era Boy
Depicted Amongst Heavenly Clouds

American
circa 1830
by Elizabeth ("Eliza") Goodridge (1798-1882)

2 1/4 x 2 7/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a pendant-style gilt metal case

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature attributed to William H. Miller of a Jacksonian era gentleman with long sideburns

Jacksonian Era Gentleman
with Long Sideburns

American
circa 1840
attributed to William H. Miller (active 1836-1860)

2 x 2 1/2 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilded
copper case with a cast foliate border and bail

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Charles Hayter of a Georgian era teenage girl with long, light brown hair

Georgian Era Teenage Girl
with Long, Light Brown Hair

English
circa 1790
by Charles Hayter (ca. 1761-1835)

2 1/8 x 2 5/8 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt copper case

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature attributed to Cornelius Schroeder of an early nineteenth century American gentleman depicted with a sky background

Early Nineteenth Century American Gentleman
Depicted with a Sky Background

American
circa 1815
attributed to Cornelius Schroeder (active 1806-1826)

2 x 2 7/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt copper case with a
glazed compartment to the reverse containing plaited hair

 

 

 

 

Elderly Jacksonian Era Lady
with Blue Eyes

American
circa 1839*
attributed to Daniel G. Lamont (active 1837-1850)

1 7/8 x 2 5/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt copper case with a
glazed compartment to the reverse containing plaited hair


*Inside the miniature's case, used as padding behind the ivory substrate,
is a folded fragment of a Philadelphia newspaper, dating to 1839

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by the Studio of Thomas Fall of a smooth-coated Brussels griffon

A Smooth-Coated Brussels Griffon

English
circa 1920
by the Studio of Thomas Fall*

[signed obverse, lower left, "Fall"]

2 3/8 x 2 7/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on card, affixed to glass; housed in a brass frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Dorothy Oliver of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Scottish
circa 1910
by Dorothy Oliver (Actively exhibited 1905-1914)

[signed obverse, lower left, "D. Oliver"]

2 7/8 inches diameter (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in an ornate ormolu frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Violet Nellie Garrod of an orange and white tabby cat

Orange and White Tabby Cat

English
circa 1930
by Violet Nellie Garrod (1898-1981)

[signed obverse, lower right, with a cartouche
bearing the monogramed initials "V N G"]

1 7/8 x 2 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivorine; housed under glass in a pendant-style gilt copper case

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Harriet Vreeland Furness of a blue (gray) Persian cat

Blue (Gray) Persian Cat

American
circa 1910-1915
by Harriet Vreeland Furness (active, New York City, 1900-1920)

[signed obverse, lower right, "H. V. Furness"]

1 1/2 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in an earlier (ca. 1830-40)
traveling case made of leather over wood with an embossed sheet brass mat

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by William Lewis of James Gay of Portland, Maine

James Gay (ca. 1773-1820), Merchant,
of Portland, Maine*

American
circa 1815-1820
by William Lewis
(fl. 1806-1837)

2 1/8 x 2 5/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed under glass in a gilt
copper case with a cast foliate border and bail

*This miniature, identified by descendants as being James Gay,
was acquired together with a portrait miniature of Gay's wife,
Mary McLean Gay (1771-1849)
.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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