Antique portrait miniature, mourning pendant, 9ct gold, cased

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A very fine antique portrait miniature in gold with a pendant fitting.

It is a large piece with a rich 9ct gold bezel frame with glazed covers either side, the front features the most beautiful hand painted portrait of a lady in a dress with a pearl necklace, her hair worn high.

The reverse features a large lock of light brown hair, swirled and fixed with a small section of metallic thread on a silk backing.

It could be worn as a large pendant.

This stunning piece is truly a sight to behold, it comes in the original leather fitted triptych case, marked on the reverse for Dickinsons Regent Street (London).

Dickinsons were a very renowned team, all brothers and at one time they dominated the photographic and print making industry of London.

They were considered pioneers with the swift pace of technology they utilised and new techniques they adopted to produce the finest images and at a faster pace.

They gained recognition for the work they created quickly and their customer base included dignitaries and Royals, Prince Albert himself commissioned a number of lithographs from the company.

One of the brothers was Lowes Cato Dickinson, it is thought his primary work with the company was painting and portraits, Lowes was an artist who is widely recognised for his works and he taught with John Ruskin and Dante Rossetti.

The company also had a large customer base for mourning portraits such as this one as they employed Lowes to recreate hand painted portraits sometimes using only customers photographs, his mediums of choice were card, paper and ceramic and he used a variety of painting methods and materials to create his works.

The portrait itself is unsigned, the ladies identity is unknown.

English make, late 19th century

Condition:
Very good used condition overall, some age commensurate wear and signs of use, wear and fading to the fitted case, small mark under the glass on the front.

Approx measurements:
2.5" width
3.75" length including the bale top.

Weighs approx 44.75 grams

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