Scarce Antique Georgian French Sentimental Mourning Hair Art Miniature Portrait
Scarce Antique Georgian French Sentimental Mourning Hair Art Miniature Portrait
Scarce Antique Georgian French Sentimental Mourning Hair Art Miniature Portrait
Scarce Antique Georgian French Sentimental Mourning Hair Art Miniature Portrait
Scarce Antique Georgian French Sentimental Mourning Hair Art Miniature Portrait
Scarce Antique Georgian French Sentimental Mourning Hair Art Miniature Portrait

Scarce Antique Georgian French Sentimental Mourning Hair Art Miniature Portrait

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Exceptional antique French hair art mourning memento portrait. Sentimental miniatures, like sentimental jewelry, reached a height of popularity in the late Georgian era / French Restoration period. Entirely crafted from hair of a loved one, the superb artistry is evident in the careful arrangement of the formed and finely chopped hair in shades of blonde and brunette atop a painted 'sky' background. This portrait represents a most tender scene, portraying a mother and father at the tomb of their child. The tomb is opened, releasing a bird (or dove) to welcoming angels up above. The epitaph is surrounded by flowers, and features a beautiful written inscription of "un jour au ciel vous viendrez me rejoindre", meaning you will join me in heaven one day. In the background is a weeping willow tree as it 'weeps' above the tomb, a symbol of grief and sorrow, flanked by cypress trees. Truly a perfect example of mourning artwork, popular in the early 19th century when photography was in its infancy and costly. This item would have been a keepsake intended to exist throughout a lifetime, much the same as a photograph today would be. So popular, specialty shops devoted to this art medium were once throughout Europe, and France, grand fabriques d’ouvrages en cheveux where artistes-dessinateurs spent countless hours expertly working hair commissioned into flowers, curls and braids, and/or rarely sceneries such as this one to memorialize or express devotion. The scene is in good condition with general wear. Encased protectively under a convex / dome glass. Prong set in a decorative gilded metal surround. Measures 4 7/8" diameter.