C.1780. A small faux tortoiseshell case from Georgian period with a very finely painted sepia miniature. The miniature painting depicts two young ladies and a child with a bird, attached to a ribbon, flying away from a cage. It is deliberately done with micro details. A rope-design of gold inlay decorates each edge of the box; the piqué work is beautifully completed, and remains flat to the surface. The inside is lined with velvet in a deep rose colored hue. Most likely the box was for storing toothpicks. The photos accurately show some flaws on the edge of the box. Although the closure button doesn’t snap firmly, the lid does stay closed when it is shut. Besides those, overall in great condition with minor surface wear.
Painting: Approximately 20mm x 35mm
Box: Approximately 3.5” x 1 1/8”