Portrait Miniatures

Christie’s Portrait Miniatures department offers works by British, European and American miniaturists from the first half of the 16th century to the late-19th century, including masters such as Nicholas Hilliard, François Dumont and Richard Cosway. Portrait miniatures served as mementoes of loved ones, tokens of political allegiance, and gifts exchanged among monarchs and the aristocracy.

Recent auctions have seen world-record prices set for this category with portraits miniatures of important historical figures such as George Washington, King Louis XIV of France and Elizabeth I. Christie’s holds regular sales of portrait miniatures in London, King Street throughout the year, attracting an international audience of collectors and connoisseurs. Please do not hesitate to contact our specialists for a free and confidential valuation of your portrait miniatures.