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This is a nice Tudor enameled frame, dating to the 16th - 17th century. The frame is of the type used to house early portrait miniatures of King Henry VIII (see the last photograph in the Fitzwilliam Museum- dated 1525 - 1527). This example is set with black and white enamel. It retains three out of the four original securing tabs, with a 'make-do' suspension hook. Such frames were also used to contain reliquaries and embroideries. A nice historic piece with a good patina.
OBJECT: Miniature Frame
DATE: c. 1520 - 1620 A.D.
MATERIAL: Bronze & Enamel
SIZE: 64mm x 53mm x 4mm (inside 44mm x 33mm)
WEIGHT: 17.3 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. North Yorkshire Private Collection