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Antique Victorian Ambrotype/Young Woman/Hand Tinted/Gothic/Haunting Figure/Enigmatic Time Worn/Gold Gilt Embossed Frame/1850s.

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An unique and beautiful ambrotype, encased in a wonderful embossed gold gilt frame, c. 1850. The ambrotype is a portrait of a young woman, set against a ghostly, dove-white oval background.

The young woman is dressed in mid-Victorian clothing and jewelry; a low spotty dress, large brooch and necklace. Her portrait has been carefully hand tinted in pink hues upon the cheeks, lips, neck and shoulders; a lovely touch.

Part of the beauty of this ambrotype is the wonderful way in which the ambrotype has aged into a speckled surface resembling a bird's egg. I love the array of grey speckles that cover the picture, complementing the white background and contrasting with the gorgeous shimmer and richness of the gold gilt frame. I also love how the woman seems to appear out of a thick white fog and the way she fades away at the bottom.

The photographer has skilfully captured the character and presence of the young woman. The portrait itself is extremely clear and detailed, and the tones are still very fresh and strong. The gold gilt frame is embossed with ornate Victorian motifs and is in lovely condition, just a couple of dark marks, they don't detract from its beauty. Under the frame, on the reverse, is a piece of black silk that covers the ambrotype and has the affect of turning the negative image into a positive.

The ambrotype measures: 2 1/2 by 3 inches.
This is a great ambrotype, it will appeal to lovers of aged worn antiques and unique, evocative Victorian photographs.

Antique Victorian Ambrotype/Young Woman/Hand Tinted/Gothic/Haunting Figure/Enigmatic Time Worn/Gold Gilt Embossed Frame/1850s.

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: Ambrotype, Antique Photograph, Young Woman, Glass, Hand Tinted Glass, Gold Gilt Metal, Embossed Metal, Black Silk
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 212 reviews
  • Favorited by: 144 people