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Ref  LW1   The Usurper Infante Dom Miguel de Braganca

A rare early 19th century portrait miniature of the youthful Infante Dom Miguel de Braganca, set to a gold ring within a surround of chrysoberyl. Dom Miguel [1802 -1866] fled with the rest of the royal family to Brazil in 1807, escaping from Napoleon’s armies. The royal family returned to Portugal in 1821 and Miguel became Regent in 1828. As usurper he proclaimed himself to be King Miguel 1 in 1828, though his claim was not universally recognised. He was ultimately banished from Portugal in 1834. The portrait is set under crystal in a surround of sea-green chrysoberyl within a gold beaded mount in typically Portuguese style. The ring is size Q [US 8] and can be sized and the head of the ring measures 1 and 2/3 inches by 1 and 1/4 inches. In immaculate and completely original condition with well matched chrysoberyl. For a similar portrait miniature ring, see the National Archaeological Museum, Lisbon.

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Infante Dom Miguel de Braganca, Miguel 1

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Similar miniature ring in the National Archaeological Museum, Lisbon

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