Miniatures

“The highly specialized art of miniature painting had its origin in the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages. It flourished in Europe and England from the beginning of the 16th century down to the mid-19th century. Miniature portraits enjoyed the patronage of royalty and the aristocracy while also providing countless intimate and endearing portraits of ordinary men and women. These small paintings were done in oil or watercolor on paper, vellum, card or ivory. Of the many possible subjects for contemporary miniatures, old family photographs make charming miniature portraits and can form the basis of a permanent and highly refined collection of fine art that carries on a tradition of esthetic and historic significance.”

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George Gurdjieff
watercolor on ivorine
1.5" diameter


Eleanora Duse
watercolor on ivorine
1.5" X 2"



Alfred, Lord Tennyson
watercolor on ivorine
2.5" X 3"



Alfred, Lord Tennyson
watercolor on vellum
2" X 2"



Abraham Lincoln
watercolor on ivorine
2.5" X 3"



Queen Elizabeth I
watercolor on ivorine
1.25" X 2"



Queen Elizabeth I
watercolor on ivorine
2.5" X 3"



Detail – The Annunciation
by Leonardo da Vinci
watercolor on ivorine
1.5" diameter



“What lies between a great primitive morning, when men create art because they must, and that darkest hour when men confound imitation with art?”