Noted artist: "Pierre August Pichon, French (1805 - 1900)
Pierre August Pichon was a French artist who was born in 1805. Pierre August Pichon's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $2,432 USD to $4,722 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 2021 the record price for this artist at auction is $4,722 USD for Portrait de femme assist dans un fauteuil rouge, sold at Artcurial in 2021". (source: Mutualart.com). I've compared signatures and style, and am certain this is our artist for this exceptionally fine portrait, which is artist-dated 1857. ArtPrice.com reference page also shown at end of listing. Our painting of a distinguished but unnamed gentleman remains on original stretcher.
It is in very good to excellent condition for age and type, with only the tiniest bit of surface imperfection or a white dot here or there (see photos). BTW, those don't show much at all unless using photography lighting, but they show up with dual-lighting and we wanted you to know they're there. Displays beautifully without any frame, as you see, and does not have much marking which would indicate a frame - very slightly - look at perimeter. This is the original stretcher frame - perhaps just a simple adjust from the back? All measurements are noted on photos.