Portrait of a Gentleman

Antique miniature of the Rococo in gold & silver as a brooch, around 1780

A gentleman in a powdered white wig looks out at us in this portrait miniature. His hair is coiffed into waves halfway up his head, and the base of a dark bow lets us guess the braid that falls down his neck. A white bow-tie trimmed with lace peeps out from the pink jacket, whose colourful pastel hue is entirely in keeping with the fashion of the late Rococo period. Once he was probably the husband of the noble lady who carried his portrait with her as a piece of jewellery. The portrait adorned her wrist as the showpiece of a multi-strand bracelet. Such clasps with portrait miniatures across the wrist were a widespread fashion towards the end of the 18th century, but they have nowadays generally survived without the accompanying small chains or strands of pearls, as time was less kind to these. This is the reason why we often see these clasps today, either as pendants or made into brooches, which probably happened here around 1900. The frame of diamond imitating glass pastes in silver complemented the white jewel obsessed fashion of the Belle Époque around 1900 excellently, and even today the piece of jewellery is a decorative piece of contemporary history. The brooch found its way to us in the Rhineland.

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