Bathing Nymphs In a Brook Miniature

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A rather risqué 19th-century miniature depicting five nymphs bathing alongside a brook. It’s likely to be the kind of piece that a gentleman would purchase on a tour of France to impress his acquaintances (in private).

It’s painted onto copper and housed within its original boxwood frame.

Oil on copper
Size including frame
5½” x 5⅔” / 14cm x 14.5cm
Year of creation
c. 1850
Craquelure in areas and its darkened due to years in dusty rooms. Frame with age-related wear.