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LOT :9
Estimate EUR : €1,200.00 - €1,800.00
Auction Date : 19-09-2017



Set with two heart-shaped miniatures, each of a girl, within an openwork surround of rose-cut diamonds and suspending a small pearl, mounted in silver and gold, inscribed on the reverse 'Victoire née le 18 decembre 1888' & 'Marie née le 18 decembre 1888', length 4.7cm, width 4.3cm

Miniatures by the nature of their size, objects held within the palm of the hand, were originally created as personal mementos of important occasions such as marriage, births or deaths. Their value resided in the ability for the individual to carry the miniature with them at all times. As a result they were mainly designed as objects of wearable art, items of jewellery, such as bracelets or necklaces for women, or alternatively for men, the miniature could be set in a pocket watch, or into the lid of a snuff box. The portraits were frequently adorned with diamonds, pearls or other precious stones as a show of wealth and status. Long periods of separation due to travel or warfare led to loved ones often having a lock of hair in the reverse side as a token of their affection.


Collecting miniatures was popularised at French court during the reign of Francois I before spreading to the court of Henry VIII in England, where they were often presented as gifts to favourable courtiers during public ceremony. Their small size required the artist to exercise incredibly controlled brushwork to capture the features of the sitter. Portrait miniatures remained highly popular, for rendering the likeness of a beloved, until the advent of daguerreotypes and early photography in the mid-19th century. However, alongside this development in other mediums of portraiture, the style of miniatures in the 19th century, shifted and developed, with the artist wanting to show off their skill by including details such as clothes and background settings.

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1. Estimates and Reserves

Estimates are shown below each lot in this sale. All amounts shown are in Euro. The figures shown are provided merely as a guide to prospective purchasers. They are approximate prices which are expected, are not definitive and are subject to revision. Reserves, if any, will not be any higher than the lower estimate.

2. Artists Resale Rights (Droit de Suite) is NOT payable by purchasers

3. Paddle Bidding (In Person)

All intending purchasers must register for a paddle number before the auction. Please allow time for registration. We recommend reading "Buying at Adam's" for first time buyers from our web site www.adams.ie for more information. Please be aware that photographic identification by way of passport or driving licence will be required for new registrants, together with a secure valid credit card. This is for security purposes only. Potential purchasers are recommended to register on viewing days.

3. Buyer's Premium, Payment & Delivery

Buyers Premium:

The buyer shall pay the Auctioneer a commission at the rate of 20% on the Hammer Price plus VAT @ 23% (applied only to the commission) on all individual lots.

For example on a hammer price of €1,000, the Buyer's Premium amounts to €200 and the VAT on the Buyer's Premium amounts to €46.00, giving a total amount due of €1,246


All purchases must be paid for within two calendar days of the sale. Our payment terms are cash, banker's draft or cheque drawn on an Irish bank. Cheques will take a minimum of five working days to clear the bank, unless they have been vouched to our satisfaction prior to the sale, or you have a previous cheque payment history with Adam's. We also accept the following Credit Cards: Visa & Mastercard, subject to a credit card surcharge of 1.5% of the total invoice value, & American Express, subject to a surcharge of 3.65%. Debit cards, including Laser card payments, are not subject to a surcharge, however there are daily limits on Laser Card payments. Bank Transfer details are available on request. Please ensure that all bank charges are paid in addition to the invoice total, in order to avoid delays in release of the items. Goods will only be released upon clearance through the bank of all monies due.

Delivery takes place the day after the sale from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Uncollected lots may be subject to storage and handling charges unless specific arrangements have been made with the department. It is important to make contact with us in this regard to avoid any unnecessary charges. Adam's outsource all carriage & shipping requests to recommended third parties whom we deal with on a regular basis. This list is available upon request.

4. VAT Regulations

All lots are sold within the Auctioneer's VAT Margin Scheme unless advised to the contrary. Revenue Regulations require that the Buyer's Premium must be invoiced at a rate which is inclusive of VAT. This is not recoverable by any VAT registered buyer.

The VAT on buyer's premium may be zero rated for lots exported outside of the EU. This facility is available to non-residents and has strict guidelines in relation to availing of this scheme. Please contact a member of the accounts department to enquire further.

5. Absentee and Telephone Bids

We are happy to execute absentee or written bids for bidders who are unable to attend or can arrange for bidding to be conducted by telephone. Bid forms are available from our web site or you can leave absentee bids online by registering on www.adams.ie. Cancellation of bids must be confirmed 24 hours before the auction.

Bidding by telephone may be booked on lots with a minimum estimate of €500. Early booking is advisable as availability of lines cannot be guaranteed.

6. Condition Reports

The property is sold "as is" therefore imperfections/defects are not stated in the catalogue description. It is up to the intending purchaser to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a lot(s) before bidding. Condition reports may be requested in advance of sale subject to our terms of business. The report is an expression of opinion only and must not be treated as a statement of fact.

7. Conditions of Sale

All lots are being sold under the Conditions of Sale as printed in the sale catalogue and on display in the salerooms or via our web site www.adams.ie