(Italy, 19th century).
In a wooden frame painted blue and gold, with glass on both sides. EACH SIDE WITH A FULL-PAGE MINIATURE, one within a gilt double frame, and the other in the shape of an oval and framed by acanthus leaves, both with an elaborate floral border embellished with hairline vines and gold dots. ◆Paint with a few minor chips, negligible smudging in the border, otherwise in very fine condition.
Clearly influenced by the color and style of 15th century Italian Humanist manuscript painting, this 19th century leaf features two miniatures executed with a high level of detail and a good sense of color. Unlike the next item--which is painted to look as much like a 15th century miniature as possible--this leaf has two scenes that are based on earlier models, but presented as modern adaptations. In any case, the painting is well done, with pleasing, reminiscent results. (ST12926)