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Georgian Louis XVIII Miniature Portrait Locket


King Louis XVIII had neither Napoleon's charm nor his charisma. He fled - or got thrown out of - France multiple times. This teeny-weenie painting probably was based on a larger portrait, and multiple miniatures were likely handed out to his (sparse?) supporters. Nearly identical portrait rings are in the collection of Alice and Louis Koch and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), glass, portrait miniature, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1820

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1" length including the bale, 3/4" diameter, 18" chain

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