9 December 2003
JOHN SMART (BRITISH, 1-1811)
A very fine miniature of a young lady, in pearl and emerald-bordered white silk dress, fur-bordered pale blue silk surcoat, white plume and pearls in her upswept curled hair
signed with initials and dated 'J.S. 1776' (lower left)
oval, 1 7/8 in. (48 mm.) high, gold frame with silver-mounted diamond border
Mrs Fleischmann, London, in 1912.
Ashcroft Collection; Sotheby's, London, 7 May 1946, lot 64 (£255 to Tafler).
Sotheby's, London, 27 February 1990, lot 32.
With Karin Henninger-Tavcar, Pforzheim, in 1991 (stock catalogue no. 69/112).
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K. Henninger-Tavcar, Miniaturporträts, Pforzheim, 1995, illustrated in colour p. 267.
Brussels, Hôtel Goffinet, Exposition de la miniature, 1912, no. 330 (lent by Mrs Fleischmann, London).
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