Antique miniature portraits of the Tormey-Holder Collection

 

 


Secondary Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: 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


Though as of yet, not firmly attributable, this miniature is considered a fine example of eighteenth century European portraiture.

 

 

Attribution Advice Welcomed: Do you recognize aspects of this miniature portrait that you believe should be attributed to a specific artist that we have failed to consider? If so, we welcome your thoughts and suggestions and invite you to contact us.


A Note regarding Core vs. Secondary Holdings:
Being that a significant amount of our time and energy is spent conducting biographical research on the lives of miniature portrait painters and the subjects they painted, we have chosen to designate as "core" those holdings that can be attributed to specific artists or are of solidly identifiable subjects. Interestingly, however, some miniatures that are designated as secondary holdings are actually more finely painted or are of greater value than some of their core holding counterparts. For the purposes of this website, they will nonetheless remain designated as secondary holdings until such time as their subjects or the artists who painted them can be identified with additional research.

 

 

 

 

 


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