Of interest to collectors of portrait miniatures, like me. One of my favorite paintings, this unsigned c.1825-35 portrait of a mourning mother with her child's portrait miniature worn over her heart is just stunning. Intimate interior, the artist ha shown her grief on her face, and within her surroundings and furnishings of her home. In her hand rests another object which was often a mourning icon, an elongated small box made of ivory (see final group images to see the type) which usually had an inset of plaited hair on top. So beautifully composed, this artist has left not just a glimpse of a woman, of a room, but also of an emotion. The painting is a watercolor or gouache on card. In our photos and for shipment it is without a cover glass. Typically watercolor or gouache paintings should have a cover glass, so we would advise her next owner to protect the painting in that way. The painting is as close to perfect and has no flaws. I'm quite sure it would have been protected by glass. We won't replace it both for the weight for shipping and for the danger of a cover glass on a larger painting possibly breaking, damaging the painting during shipment. I found her in France.
Very good to excellent condition. I see no flaws at all on the stunning old painting - 200 years or more by now. No ripple, no losses, no scrapes. The beautiful old frame is original to this painting, and is a valuable antique in its own right. There is a slightly awkward restoration to gesso appliqué upper right corner as you look at the painting, but taken in total, it does not draw the eye at all - just mentioning it. Normally the old gesso appliqué frames will have much more loss, so it's very good to excellent for the age and type, too. The frame is missing a hanging mechanism at the moment, likely had an eye hoop, and it will be fitted with a sturdy hanging wire and mounts from backside, professionally done, so you can hang her and enjoy this gorgeous treasure as soon as it arrives. Do replace the glass for the longterm, please. Measurements are noted on our photos.
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