Portrait miniature of a young woman in a white velvet hat

American
about 1795


Dimensions

Overall: 6.2 x 4.2 x 0.5 cm (2 7/16 x 1 5/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2012.534

Medium or Technique

Gold, enamel, painted ivory and crystal

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

The portrait is a bust of young woman wearing an elaborate white and black head covering and a gold and hard stone (or paste) riviere necklace. The reverse is decorated with a sheaf of wheat. The portrait appears to have been cut at some point to fit the case.

Markings

Unmarked

Provenance

Late 1960's, gift of Mrs. Frank Bowker to her great-niece, Elizabeth C. Heide, Marblehead, MA; 2012, gift of Elizabeth C. Heide to the MFA. (Accession date: September 26, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth C. Heide in memory of Mrs. Frank Bowker