Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


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Jacksonian Era Boy Identified by the Initials "D. W."

American
circa 1845
attributed to William Harrison Scarborough (ca. 1810-1856)

2 x 2 7/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded copper case with a cast foliate
border and bail, plaited hair in compartment to reverse,
and engraved initials of "D. W." to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature of an unknown Jacksonian era gentleman wearing a colorful cravat -- artist unknown

Jacksonian Era Gentleman Wearing a Colorful Cravat

American
circa 1840
Artist unknown

2 x 2 7/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded copper case with a cast foliate border
and plaited hair in a compartment to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by George Harvey depicting a Jacksonian Era New England gentleman with Wavy Brown Hair and Sideburns

Jacksonian Era Gentleman with
Wavy Brown Hair and Sideburns

American
circa 1830-1835
attributed to George Harvey (1800-1878)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a case of embossed leather over wood
(cover detached) with a gilded ormolu mat

 

 

 

 

Late Georgian Era University Scholar,
Identified by the Monogrammed Initials 'E.A.',
Wearing a Black Stole and Mortarboard

English
circa 1820-1830
Artist unknown

2 3/8 x 3 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded copper case with cobalt glass,
plaited hair and a seed pearl monogram to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Gertrude L. Pew depicting a World War I era American lady in profile view with a sky background

World War I Era American Lady,
Depicted in Profile View with a Sky Background

by Gertrude Laura Pew (1876-1949)
(signed obverse, right edge, 'Gertrude L. Pew')
circa 1915

3 x 4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded brass case with a cast foliate border and bail

 

 

 

 

Jacksonian Era Lady, Presumed to Be
Mrs. Henry McKee of Raleigh, North Carolina

American
dated 1835
by Alfred S. Waugh (ca. 1810-1856)
(signed 'Waugh / 1835', obverse right; additionally inscribed on the metal surface inside the case:
'Henry McKee / Painted by Alfred S. Waugh / Nov 1834 Raleigh')

2 3/16 x 2 11/16 inches (sight)

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature of a an unknown Jacksonian era lady wearing a lace cap -- artist unknown

Jacksonian Era Lady Wearing a Lace Cap

American
circa 1837
Artist unknown

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

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

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature of an unknown Jacksonian era gentleman -- artist unknown

Unknown Jacksonian Era Gentleman

American
circa 1840
Artist unknown
*

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a case of embossed leather over wood
(only partially shown) with a gilded ormolu mat

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by an unknown artist of a religious figure of Spanish Colonial Louisiana

Religious Figure of Spanish Colonial Louisiana

Spanish-American
circa 1780-1785
artist unknown

2 1/2 x 3 inches

watercolor on ivory; housed in a sterling silver case with a burnished gold bezel

 

 

 

 

Unknown Jacksonian Era Lady
Wearing a Brown Velvet Dress with a
Wide Belt and Ornate, Gold Belt Buckle

American
circa 1840
Artist unknown
*

2 x 2 1/2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilded copper case with foliate edging

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature attributed to Jeremiah Paul of an unknown early Amerian gentleman depicted with a sky bakground

Unknown Early American Gentleman
Depicted with a Sky Background

American
circa 1805
attributed to Jeremiah Paul (1775-1820)

2 x 2 3/4 inches

watercolor on ivory; pictured here unframed (the portrait is housed in a gilt metal case with a beveled convex lens that produces distortive reflections when photographed)

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Walter Robertson an unknown Federalist era gentleman with powdered hair

Unknown Federalist Era Gentleman with Powdered Hair

American
circa 1795
by Walter Robertson (ca. 1750-1801/1802)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal case with bright cut engraving
to the reverse, and plaited hair in a compartment to the revers
e

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature attributed to Raphaelle Peale depicting an unknown Federalist era gentleman

Unknown Federalist Era Gentleman
Depicted with a Sky Background

American
circa 1795-1800
attributed to Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal case with plaited hair in a compartment to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Richard Verbryck of an unknown Jacksonian era lady

Unknown Jacksonian Era Lady

American
circa 1830

by Richard Verbryck
(1783-1866)

1 7/16 x 1 15/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a case of embossed black leather over wood
(only partially shown) with an embossed brass mat

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Richard Verbryck of an unknown Jacksonian era gentleman

Unknown Jacksonian Era Gentleman

American
circa 1830

by Richard Verbryck
(1783-1866)

2 x 2 1/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal case with foliate edging

 

 

 

 

Unknown Early American Gentleman

American
circa 1820

by Elkanah Tisdale
(1768-1835)

2 x 2 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a case of brown leather over wood
(only partially shown) with a gilded ormolu mat

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Henry Williams of an early American lady depicted with a sky background

Unknown Early American Lady
Depicted with a Sky Background

American
dated 1821
by Henry Williams
(1787-1830)
(signed obverse, lower left, "Williams / 1821")

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in an embossed black leather case
(only partially shown) with an embossed brass mat

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by John Roberts of a New England ship's captain

Unknown New England Ship's Captain,
Wearing a Navy Blue, Double Breasted Coat with Silver Buttons,
as Was Typical of Ship's Captains of the Period

American
circa 1800-1803
John Roberts (ca. 1768-1803)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal case with verre églomisé and plaited hair to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature of a an unknown Jacksonian era lady -- artist unknown

Unknown Jacksonian Era Lady
Depicted Holding a Book and Wearing
Gold Jewelry and a Lace Shawl

American
circa 1835
Artist unknown

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal case with foliate edging

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by John Carlin of a young, Jacksonian Era child with blond hair

Young, Jacksonian Era Child with Blond Hair

American
circa 1850
by John Carlin (1813-1891)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature of Thomas Harris (1741-1815) by James Peale

Thomas Harris (1741-1815)
of Charles County, Maryland

American
signed "IP" and dated 1802,
by James Peale (1749-1831)

2 1/8 x 2 9/16 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame
with cobalt blue glass, hairwork and a "TH" monogram to the reverse

 

 

 

 

Portrait Miniature by John Ramage of an Early American Lady

Early American Lady

American
circa 1785
by John Ramage (ca. 1748-1802)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Late Georgian Era Sentimental/Mourning Brooch with Plaited Hair and Pearls

Late Georgian Era Sentimental/Mourning Brooch
with Plaited Hair and Pearls; Monogramed
Initials 'AS' Engraved to the Reverse

English
circa 1830
Maker unknown

1 1/8 x 3/4 inches (excluding brooch pin)

 

 

 

 

Georgian Era mourning miniature depicting a young lady standing at the gravesite of a friend or loved one with the Initials of 'M. B.'

Georgian Era, Sepia-Toned Mourning Miniature
Depicting a Young Lady Standing at the Gravesite
of a Friend or Loved One with the Initials of 'M. B.'

dated 1773
Artist unknown

3/4 x 1 3/8 inches (sight)

watercolor (and possibly chopped hair) on ivory; housed in a navette-shaped gold brooch

 

 

 

 

Miniature portrait by James Passmore Smith of a Jacksonian Era gentleman with dark, wavy hair and sideburns

Jacksonian Era Gentleman with Dark,
Wavy Hair and Sideburns

American
circa 1830-1835
by James Passmore Smith
(1803-1888)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal foliate pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Portrait miniature by Pierre Henri of an unknown Federalist Era lady wearing a blue dress with a lace neckline

Unknown Federalist Era Lady Wearing
a Blue Dress with a White Lace Bustline

American
circa 1790
attributed to Pierre Henri (1752-1822)

1 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold brooch

 

 

 

 

Miniature Portrait by Archibald Robertson of a young gentleman of the Federalist Era

Young Gentleman of the Federalist Era

American
circa 1795
by Archibald Robertson (1765-1835)

1 1/2 x 2 inches (sight)

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gold pendant frame

 

 

 

 

Early American Gentleman

American
circa 1810
by Archibald Robertson (1765-1835)

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

watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame with plaited hair to the reverse

 

 

 

 

 

 


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