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Very Fine Victorian Hand Painted Miniature Painting Portrait Gypsy Vagabond Naples Boy ~  Signed BECKER, KPM ?
Very Fine Victorian Hand Painted Miniature Painting Portrait Gypsy Vagabond Naples Boy ~  Signed BECKER, KPM ?
Very Fine Victorian Hand Painted Miniature Painting Portrait Gypsy Vagabond Naples Boy ~  Signed BECKER, KPM ?

Signed:  A. (or) H. Becker

Size:  Length ~ 2 & 5/8 inches, Width ~ 2 inches
Quantity:  1

This is an extremely well painted large, early miniature painting featuring; The Gypsy, Naples or Vagabond Boy.


The portrait is painted on fine quality porcelain and fitted in an antique C- clasp brooch ~ pendant combination.


The colors, from the red and gold in the clothing and jewelry, to the purple ~ lavender background, remain very vibrant.


Center portrait is surrounded by shiny parcel gilt in a nice dark, old gold color.


The quality of the hand painting is quite amazing; eyes, lips, ear and hair show incredible detail. The jewelry is also very finely depicted.  You may not be able to tell from the images, but the boys  necklace pendant appears to be a portrait miniature. His clothes look very realistic.


The artist clearly signed  this miniature;  Becker (lower left, on jacket) however, the first initial is somewhat unclear, possibly  A. or H.


Due to the high quality we believe it likely that the painting is on a KPM porcelain plaque, however we have not removed the original mount to look at back for fear of causing damage.   It certainly appears to be in the Berlin style and is executed on German quality porcelain.


This miniature is in extremely nice condition.  Examining the painting with a jewelers loupe we see only a few very tiny scratches in the lavender background and very light wear to lower edges of gilt, near the mounting. Clasp, pendant bail, and both hinges appear in fine original condition and work properly.


As this vagabond or gypsy boy was apparently a somewhat popular 19th century subject, a few similar portrait miniatures can be located on the web, including several KPM and Dresden examples.  Please do a search and we believe you will determine as we did, that this particular example was painted by an exceptionally talented artist.  An additional artist search revealed a few listed  Becker’s  from the appropriate time period, however we were unable to conclusively identify a particular individual.   Possibly someone more knowledgeable will be more successful.  Regardless, this antique miniature is in extremely nice condition and is certainly exceptionally well painted.

Very Fine Victorian Hand Painted Miniature Painting Portrait Gypsy Vagabond Naples Boy ~  Signed BECKER, KPM ?

$ 349.00

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