Spotlight On: 18th Century Portrait and Hairwork Frame

July 7, 2010

Hairwork Frame and Miniature Portrait 18th CenturyHairwork memorials can come in many different forms, sometimes as mourning pieces and sometimes as love tokens. This, dating from the latter half of the 18th century, is one of the most extraordinary pieces to survive to this day.

Hairwork Frame and Miniature Portrait 18th CenturyThe enormous amount of hairwork placed under the frame in a luscious weave with the miniature portrait in the middle makes it an incredibility portrait as much as it is a memorial.

Hairwork Frame and Miniature Portrait 18th CenturyThe young girl, whose hair is obviously as opulent as the hair in the frame is painted very delicately inside the ring of the joined snake (eternity – with black enamel on its body and blue enamel around the eyes). Such an odd and beautiful piece is a wonderful example of a personal token of affection.

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