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Portrait Miniature Paintings

Portrait miniatures were the forerunner to the 3x5 photo of today. The height of their production was from roughly 1780-1820, though the first was painted in the 15th century. Miniatures were painted for members of the aristocratic classes, mostly using watercolor or gouache. Originally, miniatures were illustrations in hand-written books, but as the medium became independent of books, the earliest freestanding miniatures were still made on vellum.

Miniatures had a variety of uses. The wealthy class might adorn their clothing with a portrait miniature of the reigning monarch to demonstrate allegiance. A young woman’s parents might send a miniature of their daughter to a potential husband. A husband and wife separated by travel could keep each other’s miniature with them.

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A COLLECTION OF SIX PORTRAIT MINIATURES |

March 28, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
London, United Kingdom

£600 (starting bid)

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A COLLECTION OF FOUR PORTRAITS MINIATURES OF OFFICERS |

March 28, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
London, United Kingdom

£950 (starting bid)

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A COLLECTION OF PORTRAIT MINIATURES |

March 28, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
London, United Kingdom

£400 (starting bid)

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Oval miniature portrait of Napoleon on ivory, 19th c, signed Gerard, 6

March 28, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Chadds Ford, PA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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FIVE MINIATURE PAINTINGS IN GOLD FRAMES Continenta

March 28, 2017, 7:00 PM PST
Portland, OR, USA

$130 (1 bid)

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FRAMED QAJAR DOUBLE SIDED MINIATURE

March 30, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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THREE PORTRAIT MINIATURES OF NAPOLEON FIRST QUARTER

March 30, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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PORTRAIT OF 3 WOMEN IN 18TH C COSTUME POSSIBLY AMERICAN

March 30, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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MINIATURE BRONZE AND ENAMEL FRAME

March 30, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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George & Martha Washington Miniature Portrait Pair

April 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Closter, NJ, USA

$275 (starting bid)

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Two Antique Miniature Portrait Paintings

April 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Closter, NJ, USA

$250 (starting bid)

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Two Antique Oval Miniature Portraits

April 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Closter, NJ, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Four Antique Miniature Portraits of Elegant Women

April 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Closter, NJ, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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Two Antique Miniature Portraits

April 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Closter, NJ, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Miniature Portrait of Chopin; Bronze Frame

April 9, 2017, 7:15 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Pierre Dupuis (1833-1915) King Louis XIII Watercolor on Paper Framed

April 9, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Victor Lejeune (1812-1863) King Louis XIV Watercolor on Paper Framed

April 9, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Victor Lejeune (1812-1863) King Louis XV Watercolor on Paper Framed

April 9, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Victor Lejeune (1812-1863) King Louis XVI Watercolor on Paper Framed

April 9, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Victor Lejeune (1812-1863) King Louis XVII Watercolor on Paper Framed:

April 9, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

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Victor Lejeune (1812-1863) King Louis XVIII Watercolor on Paper Framed:

April 9, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

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Louis XIV French School late 17th Century Oil on Board at Age 40 high relief Gilt Baroque Frame

April 9, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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After Sir Peter Lely (Dutch 1617-1680) Oil on Canvas of English Gentleman

April 9, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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Original Oil Painting of English Empire Royal Prince with Upper Left Coat of Arms

April 9, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

$250 (starting bid)

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