Young Man with the Initials J. L. F

Auguste-Jean-Jacques Hervieu (French, 1794–1858)circa 1830

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati, United States

A large hairwork display surrounding the monogram J L F in seed pearls on a small blue glass oval takes up the entire space of this case’s back. The three broad, tightly curled curves of hair are worked in a popular style known as the Prince of Wales feather, which derives its name from the English Prince of Wales’ heraldic badge of three feathers rising from a gold crown. Remnants of what may have once been stylized stalks of gold wire wheat circle the outer rim of the piece, furthering the curvilinear composition. All of these elements are set on a background of opalescent glass.

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  • Title: Young Man with the Initials J. L. F
  • Creator: Auguste-Jean-Jacques Hervieu (French, 1794–1858)
  • Date Created: circa 1830
  • Location: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 2 7/8 x 2 ¼ in. (7.3 x 5.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fleischmann III
  • Accession Number: 2004.257
  • Medium: watercolor and graphite on ivory (recto), opalescent glass, hair, seed pearls, gold wire, cobalt glass (verso)