Miniature Portrait of an unknown Lady
Painted by the artist Gervase Spencer (1715?-1763)
Signed on the counter enamel G.Spencer. pinx./ 1748
A Lady, wearing black, fur-trimmed open robe, fastened with a jewelled brooch, over yellow underdress with standing lace collar, a red and white 'Turkish-style' turban trimmed with large pearl and black feather over her brown hair, drop pearl earrings and a string of pearls at her neck. enamel, fully signed and dated on the counter-enamel, G.Spencer. pinx./ 1748, gold frame, the obverse with engraved wavy border. Oval, 44mm. (1 3/4ins.) high. This full signature and date on the counter-enamel is relatively rare. Bonhams 23 Nov 2005, Lot 32.