Antique 19thc Napoleon III era French Mourning Hair Art Memento Sentimental Miniature Portrait, Tomb, Weeping Willow
Antique 19thc Napoleon III era French Mourning Hair Art Memento Sentimental Miniature Portrait, Tomb, Weeping Willow
Antique 19thc Napoleon III era French Mourning Hair Art Memento Sentimental Miniature Portrait, Tomb, Weeping Willow
Antique 19thc Napoleon III era French Mourning Hair Art Memento Sentimental Miniature Portrait, Tomb, Weeping Willow
Antique 19thc Napoleon III era French Mourning Hair Art Memento Sentimental Miniature Portrait, Tomb, Weeping Willow
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Antique 19thc Napoleon III era French Mourning Hair Art Memento Sentimental Miniature Portrait, Tomb, Weeping Willow

An incredible antique 19th century French sentimental hair art mourning memento portrait. Sentimental miniatures, like sentimental jewelry, reached a height of popularity in the late Georgian era / Napoleonic era. Entirely crafted from hair, the superb artistry is evident in the careful placement of finely arranged hair. The scene depicts the canopy of a three-dimensional weeping willow tree, with a cascade of individually constructed leaves crafted from brunette hair, 'weeping' above a tomb on which is written in French, "To the spirit of my mother". A lady sits in mourning at the base of the tomb. A lovely piece, the imagery is of superb sentimental quality devoted to a cherished loved one. Housed protectively under glass within a wooden frame with brass trim. The reverse with a notation, somewhat obscured but appears to read Fait à cheveux par ma grand-mère Mme Laroüe nèe Brun / Made with hair by my grandmother Mrs Laroüe, born Brun. In overall good antique condition with general wear commensurate with age. Frame measures 7" square.