Miniature portrait in segrin case

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Northern Netherlands
First quarter of the 17th century
Segrin, velvet, oil on panel
5.5 cm
5 cm

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This detailed, oval miniature portrait of a woman with black cap and white lace collar is secured in a segrin case, lined with green velvet. She is wearing a pearl necklace, with gold accents. The woman's refined collar consists of three layers of pleated batiste, trimmed with an elegant border of needlepoint lace. This lace is also called 'reticella' and was used in the 15th to 17th centuries.

The patterns for making this reticella were published in pattern books, such as 'Les singuliers et nouveaux pourtraict, pour toutes sortes d'ouvrages de lingerie' by Federico de Vinciolo in 1603. The patterns in this book are very similar to the collar on this miniature portrait. Based on the woman's collar, the portrait can be dated to the first quarter of the 17th century. 


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