Finely painted miniature of a Moghul princess, 19th century


A good painted miniature portrait of a Moghul Princess, probably painted in the 3rd quarter of the nineteenth century when such items were often brought to Britain by those who had visited India or bay families who had been serving there. This example is rather larger and more impressive than the usual miniature, the oval image measuring 8 x 11cm. It is fitted into its carved ebony frame within a metal rim that retains the bevelled glass. The overall size of the frame is 13 x 20.5cm and the metal strut on the back has an ink name which probably reads “Zabriel Neean”. The princess holds a rose and wears elaborate dress, jewellery and headdress. She is seated on cushioned throne. There is a small chip to the ebony along the top edge and the metal rim is a little rusty.

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