Portrait Miniatures. Military & Naval.
Military & naval portrait miniatures, from the late 18th- to early 19th century, combining notable provenance, with tales of derring-do, (think Battle of Waterloo & Trafalgar), and miniatures from distinguished ranks and regiments, command great interest, and consequently higher prices. Similarly, regimental portrait miniatures with impeccable medal, and uniform detail, and portrait miniatures with interesting histories, (with potential to investigate the sitter).
For medal and militaria collectors, portrait miniature desirability - the 'must have factor,' is often a double-sided affair. Although the reason for the two-timing is not immediately apparent, most portrait miniatures are designed to be enjoyed from both sides (ditto medals): seed pearls, intricately woven hair, bullion-wire and shell shavings, are among the cornucopia of materials assembled with intimate dexterity - then carefully tucked behind a sliver of bevelled glass - totally out view.
Portrait miniatures. Purchase & consignment entries invited.
We are currently looking to buy late 18th century, to early 19th century, military & naval portrait miniatures, in particular portraits with the following qualities:
notable 'English School' miniaturists.
named sitters dressed in regimental uniform, detailing medals, orders and decorations.impeccable provenance and/or providing opportunities for further research.Portrait miniatures associated with The French Revolutionary, Napoleonic, and Peninsular wars, (including naval military portrait miniatures of Vice-Admiral Horatio, Viscount Nelson,K.B. military portrait miniatures of Field Marshall Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, plus portrait miniatures associated with distinguished naval and military ranks and regiments.
Thinking of buying. Looking to sell. Starting a collection.
We are always pleased to offer guidance associated with buying, selling and collecting late 18th, to early 19th century naval and military portrait miniatures.
With the above in mind, please telephone or send a brief email.
Source & Further Reading:Foskett D., Miniatures Dictionary & Guide: Suffolk, Antique Collectors' Club 1979.