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Ref  FD1   Portrait Minaiture Ring

High carat gold portrait miniature ring, circa 1780 - 1790. The tapered shank supports a compartment with a watercolour miniature of a young girl wearing a powdered wig and grey frock with lace fichu collar, a black ribbon at her neck. The portrait is covered by a domed crystal. The miniature closely follows the style of Richard Crosse [1742 - 1810], deaf mute portrait miniature artist to royalty and the gentry.

From Richard Crosse, Miniaturist and Portrait-Painter by Basil S. Long, The Volume of the Walpole Society [1928 -1929] :

Crosse's miniature style is easily recognisable when one is accustomed to it. Generally there is a characteristic greenish or blueish gray tint on the hair and background and in the shading of the face and drapery. In his early miniatures of the 1760's the hair is often more or less treated as a mass : in later ones it contains many distinct lines. The expression of the eyes, the little shadows under them and the outline of the mouth are other features to note. He was an excellent draughtsman and his miniatures are always well designed and restrained in treatment.

Compare this miniature to two examples by Crosse sold at auction [at the bottom of this page]. Note the similarities : the restrained rendition of the subject, the finely detailed painting of the hair, the tinged background, the expression of the eyes and the shadows beneath them and the outline of the mouth. The ring is size J [US 4 and 5/8] and can be sized and the miniature measures one inch by 2/3 of an inch. An enigmatic little gem.

£4900


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