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Artist: Jean-Antoine Lepine (1720-1814; active Paris, France 1744-1810)

Date: 1775-1800
Medium: Yellow, rose, and green gold; enamel, turquoise
Dimensions:
63.5 x 41.3 x 15.9 mm
Markings: Movement: "L'Epine A. Paris" Case: cm incuse "IER" Dial: "L' Epine a Paris" Reverse of dial: "380"
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Thomas R. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 294
Label Text
At the end of the eighteenth century, miniature enamel portraits on watchcases and snuff boxes were often framed by a band of applied, varicolored-gold motifs taken from a repertoire of neoclassical designs, including swags, ribbons, and garlands. This ornamentation introduces a rich color palette and frames the portrait.