Portrait Miniatures

Bonhams is world renowned for its strength in this particular field with an outstanding track record of selling highly important single-owner collections. The Albion Collection sold by Bonhams in April 2004, remains to this day, one of the highest grossing auctions of portrait miniatures from a single-owner collection, achieving a total of just over £1.5million.

The department handles British, European and American portrait miniatures on copper, vellum and ivory in addition to portraits on paper, silhouettes and wax profiles, spanning the 16th – 20th centuries.

Works by masters of the genre, such as Samuel Cooper, Richard Cosway, Nicholas Hilliard and John Smart are routinely offered in the bi-annual Fine Portrait Miniatures auctions at Bonhams, Knightsbridge. Further miniatures and silhouettes are also featured in the monthly Fine Art & Antiques auctions at Bonhams, Oxford.

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