Georgian Faux Tortoise Case with Miniature Painting

Georgian Faux Tortoise Case with Miniature Painting

C.1780. A Georgian faux tortoiseshell toothpick case 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. The photos accurately show a few chips 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”      

$ 980