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Portrait Miniature with an Interior Scene of a Little Girl Wearing a White Dress

Auction:
2509
Lot:
643
Sold for:
$10,073$8,500

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2509
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
August 15, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Portrait Miniature with an Interior Scene of a Little Girl Wearing a White Dress, J.B. Alexander, Charleston, South Carolina, c. 1840, unsigned, subject and artist identified on a paper label inscribed "Ann L. Hershman/5 years old/1840/Camden, S.C./By J.B. Alexander." Watercolor on ivory, 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in., housed in an embossed brown leather case. Condition: Ivory slightly bowed, fine crack along right edge.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

The piece of ivory is slightly bowed along on the right and left sides with a fine crack along right side about 1/8-1/4 in. from edge, small unobtrusive scratch on tabletop, two tiny ones on table shaft, and two tiny scratches on lower wall left of girl. Case is missing a portion of one clasp, brass liner is a little bent on one area and split on one corner, and the leather is scuffed.

Keywords

South Carolina, Charleston, Ann L. Hershman, Bow, Ivory, Leather, Miniature painting, Portrait miniature, Watercolor painting

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