A Child’s Best Friend

Circa 1770

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There’s no better subject for a portrait than a child with their faithful pet as demonstrated by this delightful miniature. Wearing a white dress edged with lace. the child is seated under a tree and is hugging his/her silk-eared brown and white spaniel.

The portrait is set in the original gold frame with an unusual stopwatch top and has the most fabulous decoration on the reverse with a central spray of flowers created using chopped hair, fabric, gold wire and seed pearls within decorative borders of gold stars and tiny hair flowers with a seed pearl surround. The decoration is laid on opalescent glass backed with red foil that creates a lovely pink shimmer.

Item Ref. 6494

Size: framed, 62 x 52mm +top