ATTRIBUTED TO MRS. MOSES B. RUSSELL (CLARISSA PETERS) | MINIATURE PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM HENRY BALDREY, SON OF CAPTAIN SAMUEL BALDREY
Estimate: 5,000 - 10,000 USD
ATTRIBUTED TO MRS. MOSES B. RUSSELL (CLARISSA PETERS) (1809-1854)
MINIATURE PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM HENRY BALDREY, SON OF CAPTAIN SAMUEL BALDREY
watercolor on ivory in the original daguerreotype case
2 ⅞ by 2 ¼ in.
together with a note inscribed William Henry son of Capt. and Mrs. Samuel Baldrey died age 10 mos. 15 days, set in a leather carrying case.
Please note that Sotheby's has obtained a license from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and is authorized to sell this item containing ivory.
In excellent condition with no apparent signs of inpainting, loss, or frame abrasions. The exterior of the leather case with light wear commensurate with age.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Marguerite Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut.
Randall Holton and Charles Gilday, "Mrs. Moses B. Russell, Boston Miniaturist," The Magazine Antiques (December 1999), p. 821, plate XV.
Son of the British Ship captain, Samuel Baldrey, William Henry Baldrey was born in Havana before his parents settled in South Boston. This portrait miniature tenderly memorializes the infant, who died before the first year of his birth. The young boy points to the yellow bird perched in his opposite hand, symbolizing his departed soul, while the exaggerated sweep of his dress and halo of blue sky and clouds around his head suggest weightlessness and movement, as if his body was similarly heaven-bound.