4 miniature portraits, all on paper or cardstock, circa 1780-1835. 1st item: Miniature rectangular watercolor portrait of a gentleman in a tricorner hat and military style coat, carrying a musket, with landscape in the background. Label en verso with hand inscription "Johann Ernst IX" / H16 / IV". Giltwood frame. Sight – 5" x 3-3/4" W. Framed – 4 3/4" H x 6" W. 2nd item: Miniature oval watercolor portait of a dark haired young gentleman in black coat in a library setting, holding a book. Pencil inscription en verso appears to read: "Drawn by W. Gaythorp, Mufchaven 1833." Housed in a rectangular ebonized frame with gilt rabbet edge and acorn ornament with hanger. Portrait – 3 1/2" H x 2 3/4" W. Framed – 4 3/4"H x 6" W. 3rd item: Scottish School, miniature oval watercolor portrait of a woman with ringlet and bun hairstyle and wearing a black dress and gold necklace. Unsigned. Frame interior lined with part of an Edinbugh newspaper. Sight – 3 1/4" H x 2 5/8" W. Framed – 5 1/8" H x 4 7/8" W. 4th item: Pastel, gouache and ink miniature portrait drawing on paper depicting a young fair haired boy with blue eyes and blue bow tie. Unsigned. Housed in a burlwood frame with gilt liner. Sight – 5 1/8" H x 4 1/8" W. Framed – 7 3/4" H x 6 5/8" W. 19th century, likely European. Provenance: The collection of internationally known ragtime pianist and historian Johnny Maddox, Gallatin, TN. CONDITION: 1st item: Scattered small spots of exfoliation across upper half of painting, not affecting face (what looks like a scratch appears to be a fiber trapped under the glass). Frame appears later. 2nd item: Minor toning, small spot of cracquelure to red drape, overall very good condition. Note: Only the portrait of the gentleman in library setting has been examined fully out of frame. 3rd item: Significant toning, wear to frame. 4th item: Toning to paper, dampstaining to lower left corner and margin, chipping to the edges of the frame. Not examined out of the frame.
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