Miniatures were small portraits painted on various materials (though usually Ivory) which were carried by a personís loved ones as a memento and often worn as jewelry. The art of miniatures started to flourish in the 16th century and by the 18th century miniatures were being carried not only by gentry but commoners as well. Miniatures became less popular after the invention of photography in the 19th century.
The miniatures that I make are painted on legally imported Ivory (which measures 30mm wide by 40mm tall) and then heavily lacquered to protect the paint. I will be offering a few set designs that are based on original 18th century works. I also accept commissions for custom orders.
With a commissioned piece, now you can carry around a remembrance of your loved one or give your loved one a portrait of yourself as a gift.
Pricing starts at $100 and varies depending on the mounting. Below are some of the miniatures that I have painted.