Thursday, February 19, 2009

Vintage Thursday Thingie: Miniature Glass Paintings

These are two Italian miniature glass paintings. The frames are about 51/2" x 5 ", the glass paintings themselves are only 2 1/2" x 2"! Very tiny and very hard to photograph! Both are "courtly" scenes of elegant men and women-the clothing styles are 18th century, but I don't know if that has anything to do with the age of these paintings (I doubt it!).

The closer I tried to get-the fuzzier the pictures became!



Isn't that an amazing amount of detail in 2 1/2" x 2"!



Here are the backs-the writing on the left is Italian...the paper on the back makes me think these are late 19th century/early 20th century.





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15 comments:

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

Miri..they are gorgeous miniatures..i love the intricate details :)

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Beautiful pictures, they really are a treasure, such fine detail and the frames so detailed also.

Susan said...

So small but the paintings are exquisite. I appreciate artists who do fine detailing like these. The back sides are interesting too.

mannequin said...

Oh Miri, Those are so regal and fancy! They look like they need a baby grand piano. Tell hubby and see what comes of it.

marybt said...

Woman! Don't you watch Antiques Roadshow? These are collectible! :)

And very cool. Thanks for sharing.

CC said...

What beautiful, sweet miniatures.
I wonder how anyone could paint that small..Happy VTT and have a lovely day.

Coloradolady said...

Can you imagine painting that much detail into such a small space? These are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing them today.

JudyBug said...

What sweet little miniatures. I love them!

Judybug

Julia said...

So small but the paintings are exquisite. Very regal and fancy..
I love them!

LADY JANES' EMPORIUM said...

Lovely miniatures! My first time to your blog home...lovely! I shall return again to peek around!

Bea said...

These are amazing, Miri. Love the frames.

Jewelgirl said...

Are these reverse painted (painted on the glass?) maybe that's why they
were hard to photograph? They are
lovely, beautiful colors!

Threeundertwo said...

Wow! It's amazing how much they fit into these tiny pictures.

I would get them appraised.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What wonderful miniatures!

SueLovesCherries said...

Now, that's different! And intriguing!