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E Fisher 1848

Height: 14.00cm

Item Ref. 5484


English School c1812

Height: 5.50cm

Item Ref. 5598


Henry Jacob Burch c1800

Height: 6.50cm

Item Ref. 5659


P Gaslini 1858

Height: 5.50cm

Item Ref. 5736


Alexander Gallaway 1811

Height: 7.50cm

Item Ref. 5757


English School c1660

Height: 4.50cm

Item Ref. 3


Dutch c1660

Height: 7.00cm

Item Ref. 19


Circle of Cornelius Johnson c1660

Height: 7.50cm

Item Ref. 9


English c1670

Height: 5.50cm

Item Ref. 15


English c1660

Height: 8.00cm

Item Ref. 21


Dutch c1690

Height: 4.50cm

Item Ref. 8


Flemish c1660

Height: 4.00cm

Item Ref. 14


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Portrait Miniatures

Portrait miniatures are a delightful and collectable art form. The term miniature comes from the Latin “minium” the red lead pigment used to paint the large initial decorative letter on illuminated manuscripts. The earliest portrait miniatures are from the 16th century, the most notable early miniaturist being Nicholas Hilliard. The art form flourished from the middle of the 18th century until the advent of the camera in the mid 19th century. Early portrait miniatures were painted on vellum glued to card – usually a playing card, later we see them painted in different mediums, oil on copper, enamel and from the mid 18th century ivory. Their great charm is that they depict people as they really were, miniaturists painted what was in front of them and did not resort to flattery. Being portable they were carried around by loved ones, some being made into bracelets or chokers, or carried in little leather cases. These tiny works of art are captivating and eminently collectable, giving the collector endless pleasure.