This object is eligible for a Certificate of BADA Provenance
About the dealer
About the object
A 17th century miniature of a Nobleman, body colour on vellum
Wearing an embroidered mauve day-gown and white lace cravat
Set in later silver frame backed with mother of pearl
Daniel (or David) Myers worked between 1659 and 1690. During the early days of the Restoration there was an ever increasing demand for portrait miniatures by lesser known artists such as Myers, who sometimes signed DM, This may have been due to the cost involved for the well known miniaturists: Norgate, in his Miniatura, writes that the art is "so profitable" (Noe painting in the world soe well paid for as Lymning).
Myers has been described as an excellent miniaturist at his best. His work is drawn with vigour and self confidence. Here as in other works by him, the artist is more interested in the character, or in the individuality of feature and expression in the human countenance, than in polite or impersonal grandeur.
The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington (sold for acquisition funds).
Sotheby's, 8 June, 1987, lot 51