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Portrait miniature of a Young Lady, wearing a pearl-bordered white dress and fur-edged blue overcoat, unswept hair 

John Smart (1741-1811)

Portrait miniature of a Young Lady, wearing a pearl-bordered white dress and fur-edged blue overcoat, unswept hair, John Smart
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Watercolour
Oval, 1 1/8 in (28 mm) high
 
Provenance:
Christies, London, 30 April 1996, lot.107; Karin Henninger-Tavcar, 1997; Private Collection, Germany.
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Gold mount within later chased and engraved gold frame inset with nine turquoises.

The slightly later frame which surrounds this miniature was possibly commissioned after the sitter’s death. The turquoise stones represent the forget-me-not flower, symbolic for remembrance.
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