Miniature Portrait

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1815-1830

GUSN

GUSN-56819

Description

A miniature portrait on ivory of a young woman in a white pique dress with a high frilled collar, wearing a hair necklace with gold clasps and a large tortoiseshell backcomb. She is pictured in front of a blue ground and is framed (possibly later as the miniature is smaller than the mat) in an eglomise gold and black mat and a gilded wood frame with applied twists.

Details

Descriptive Terms

miniatures (paintings)
ivory (tooth component)
watercolor (paint)
Watercolor
Vegetable Ivory
Painting

Label

"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": This cheerful young lady is wearing a hair necklace set with gold clasps. Hair jewelry was often given as a gift to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions.

Associated Building

Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

7 x 6 x 1 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann

Accession Number

1942.3930