French School, Three Miniatures, 19th c., consisting of "Portrait of a Woman in a Feathered Bonnet," 19th c., oil on ivory, presented in a period incised ivory frame, H.- 3 1/4 in., W.- 2 1/2 in., "Little Girl in a White Lace Dress," presented in a metal easel frame, H.- 2 in., W.- 1 1/16 in; and "Portrait of a Woman With Flowers," signed indistinctly left center, presented in a metal easel frame, H.- 2 in., W.- 1 5/8 in. (3 Pcs.) Provenance: The Collection of Ronald Ralpheal Levert, proprietor of Goudeau Antiques, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The smaller portrait of the young woman has slightly shifted within the frame, or the sliver on the bottom left has broken off at some point. The top right of the miniature has what looks like a circular line just below the border of the metal frame. There is slight tarnishing of metal frame, particularly around the inner border on bottom. Additionally, the inside of the glass on the bottom has chipped. The miniature portrait of the boy has some minor surface dirt on the bottom of the lace shirt, possibly from a previous frame. The current frame is tarnished and could use a cleaning. The larger miniature portrait of a woman with bonnet does not show signs of damage. There are surface differences, but they are original to the piece. The ivory frame has several hairline cracks throughout, particularly in the smaller ivory pieces surrounding the portrait. The bottom and top left quadrants of the ivory frame are slightly raised and detached from meeting the other quadrant. The top part of the frame has several areas of cracks. The inner metal part of the frame surrounding the glass has tarnished and needs to be cleaned. Overall, these are handsome examples of 19th miniatures.
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