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    Sale 2095

    The Collection Of Marguerite And Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 695

    American School, Early 19th Century**

    A Double Sided Mourning Locket

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    American School, Early 19th Century**
    A Double Sided Mourning Locket
    one side inscribed A.A.W; the reverse inscribed S.E.W
    watercolor, ink and hair on ivory
    1¾ x 1 3/8 inches


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    While the identities of A.A.W and S.E.W are unknown, they may have been siblings. The use of chopped hair to depict the earth was a common practice among miniaturists, and gives the miniature a shrine-like effect. For more on this custom, see Robin Jaffee Frank, Love and Loss: American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures (New Haven, 2000), p. 138.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.
    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.