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Mother & Child18th Century Miniature Oil Painting on Ivory Continental (French)
Search Ebay, Google and online art galleries and you will most likely conclude this is one of the most extraordinary miniature oil paintings you will ever encounter, for a number of reasons. First it in exceptionally nice condition, particularly for an original 18th Century painting. No cracks, craquelures, or damage of any kind. It has been well preserved, which we suspect is due to it being in the original period frame along with protection from sunlight for the past 230 years The subject matter is a mother and child, Continental (French, etc). In addition to 18th century clothing, the baby is also holding a sterling baby rattle with bells. This style of rattle dates to the mid 18th Century. Baby's rattle Silver, coral London, around 1750.
This was an expensive all-in-one entertainment and health kit for a baby. The whistle and rattle offered the chance to make a lot of noise while the coral was cool against the child’s gums when teething and acted as an amulet to ward away evil spirits. In 1706 the Countess of Lauderdale bought 'a silver gumstick with bells and a piece of fine coral' for £1. We have included a similar rattle image here.The back of the frame has the monogram initials on ivory (believe “FJB”) from hair mixed with glue rather then ink (another artist trait from the 17th/18th century).