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Judith-on-Antiques, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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I have some antique miniature paintings and 2 small plaques

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I have some antique miniature paintings and 2 small plaques dated 1859 and 1860. Would you be able to give me some information about them? Thank you

Hi Jennifer,
My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to help you with this question.

First, I need some more information from you.

How many paintings are there? Are there any signatures? Please upload clear pictures of the paintings and plaques, and the backs of them. If there are signatures, please include clear pictures of those.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Judith,
I emailed pictures [email protected], please let me know if you receive them and if you need some clearer images. There are 17 miniatures and 2 plaques.
Many thanks,
HI Jennifer,
I'll get back to you as soon as I receive your pictures.
Hi Jennifer,
Your pictures have arrived. You have an assortment of items here. They all appear to be from the Victorian era - circa 1850 to circa 1900.

Aside from XXXXX XXXXX, are any of the subjects identifiable?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Judith,

No, I don't know any of the subjects.


If these miniatures are hand painted and in excellent condition, their current retail (replacement or insurance) value is approximately $350 each. The one of XXXXX XXXXX is worth a bit more, perhaps $450. The two cameo portraits look as if they are lava, and may be depictions of Julius Caesar and Brutus. If they are in excellent condition, their retail value is approximately $600 for the pair.

I hope this answer has been helpful to you, Jennifer. My goal is to provide you with absolutely excellent service, so please be sure to let me know if you have any additional questions about your miniatures or want to follow up if you haven’t gotten the information you need.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Hello Judith,
Thanks for your reply. I assume that the miniatures are all hand painted - is there a way I can know for sure. Also a couple of them seem to be on porcelain, the one of the baby and in the first image the young man on the bottom right. Re. the two cameo portraits - one is in pretty good condition , the other has a small chip on the nose. Could you make out the signature on the cameos I can read the dates but the signature looks like Fina.
Thank you for your quick response yesterday, it would be helpful to have a little more clarification.
Hi Jennifer,
To find out if the miniatures are hand painted, look at them with some magnification. You should be able to see brush strokes.

Paintings on porcelain were very popular during the Victorian era, and it's even possible that the portrait of the baby is a post mortem portrait. So sad - for many parents, this would be the only image they had of their dead child.

The chip on the nose of one of the cameos will devalue it by half. So, the perfect one is worth $300 and the chipped one, $150. Sad, but true. Yes, I could see the signature. It was most likely an Italian craftsman.
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Thanks for your positive rating, Jennifer!
Hi Jennifer,
If you have additional items you want to know about, I'd be happy to help you with those.

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Best regards,