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Ref  SD5  An 18th Century Beauty

An enamel on copper portrait miniature of an 18th century beauty, set to a gold pendant mount, circa 1790. The miniature is signed on the obverse Kanz, for Carl Christian Kanz [1758 - c.1818], a proficient German portrait artist who trained in Paris and was known for his miniatures of voluptuous women. Kanz's depiction is of an ideal 18th century beauty. Her luxuriant hair is artfully windswept and bound with a bright red ribbon. Her eyebrows are full and half-moon shaped. Her cheeks are rouged and her skin is white. Her lips are small and red, creating a rosebud effect. She is draped in a silk robe en gaulle. The pendant measures 2 and 1/3 inches by 2 inches. A technically impressive miniature painting in immaculate condition. There are examples of Kanz's miniatures in a number of museums including the Victoria and Albert and Metropolitan Museums.

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