Portrait Of A Lady With A Coral Necklace

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A charming half-length French portrait of a young lady wearing a beautiful gown with a v-neck bodice.

Her hair is partially swept into side coils and styled with a centre-parting, which is a fashion synonymous with the mid-19th-century. It’s interesting to note that her ears are fully covered as this suggests that she’s probably more 1840s than 1850s.

Around her neck, she’s wearing a beaded necklace, perhaps comprising of coral beads, which is secured with a gilt clasp. Coral jewellery was popular during the mid-19th-century as many held the belief that it could protect the wearer from various illnesses. Even baby rattles and teething objects were made of coral, as families strived to keep their children healthy. Most of the pieces were created by the master-craftsman and carvers of the Naples region in Italy.

The portrait is housed within a high quality contemporary black frame with gold trim.

Oil on canvas
Size including frame
18⅓” x 14⅔” / 46.5cm x 37.5cm x 4cm
Year of creation
c. 1840 - c. 1860
Craquelure and minor losses around the periphery probably due to the previous frame. Two small scratches on the right-hand side.