A Central European silhouette miniature, reverse painted on glass, c 1816


A pleasing little miniature with the silhouetted face of an officer wearing a gilt earring in profile. The overall dimensions of the frame are 3¼ x 2¾ ins [82 x 70mm]. The white dress uniform suggests the Austro Hungarian Empire and the contemporary card backing has a name and the date 1816. A further piece of printed paper, once attached to the glass appears to be written in Magyar, suggesting a Hungarian origin. The stamped gilt brass frame is typical of the period and was used across Europe.             aug11/3

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