Je t’aimerai toute ma vie!

Circa 1820

£775

Portrait miniatures were often commissioned as love tokens to be exchanged between lovers. Reminiscent of the work of French miniaturist Jean Baptiste Isabey, this romantic portrait shows a young blue-eyed lady in a pale blue and white dress trimmed with pearls, her auburn curls partly covered with a veiled head dress topped with ostrich feathers.

The portrait is indistinctly signed along the lower right edge and is set in a gold and tortoiseshell effect hinged locket frame with a fausse-montre hanger, the front surmounted with monogrammed initials FB. Inside is a glazed panel of finely plaited hair across which is laid the touching sentiment ‘Je t’aimerai toute ma vie’ — I will love you all my life. What a romantic gift that would have been!

Item Ref. 6427

Size: Closed, 80 x 68mm