Miniatures 12.11.2012

Romantic Sentimental Miniature

Sentimental Romantic Miniature

At the height of the neoclassical movement, symbolism became the most popular form of sentimental communication, making the true definition of a piece a personal message of the wearer and relegating the understanding of a piece for others a matter of art critique and opinion. Sentimental Romantic Miniature

This particular piece is no different, showing doves, an unbroken column, fallen torch and the couple. Strong indications in this symbolism hint towards fruition and new life, hence the prospect of children or childbirth.

Sentimental Romantic Miniature

In its universal aspect, it is a portrait of love and the true meaning of why it was commissioned and how it was worn is strictly the prerogative of the person who commissioned it.

Sentimental Romantic Miniature

The ebonised wood frame with the acorn (strength) are typical of the 1820s and miniature casings, they transcend memorial and sentimental items to be simply a fashionable item of the period.