Dating mid to late 1800s, this painting is just fabulous, considering the beautiful composition you see here is such a small painting. Signed by the artist, the painting is done on thin wafer that might be early celluloid. I have not tested it and it is backed by a card so I can't view the grain though from backside. That said, it is a remarkable little painting with fine detail and great charm. A young mother or perhaps the au pair or nanny to the 3 beautiful children, all enjoying an outing in wooded garden. Delicate but vibrant, there isn't a bit of loss to the paint, either. And the dore bronze frame is exceptionally fine. Heavy, very well crafted and with bow & garland corner appliques, it's one you'll want to display as a centerpiece of your collection of miniatures. The old miniatures usually fall into one of 2 genre. First would be the individually commissioned original portraits of living individuals. The 2nd being miniature paintings 'apres' or after the older works of grand artists; paintings perhaps displayed in the museums Grand Tour tourists would visit. And these last ones were painted as a souvenir trade item for those early tourists. This is of the 2nd genre, and is in the manner of Bouchard or Fragonard, famed 1700s French artists whose work is still on display in the Louvres, Paris, and many other museums. I can't name this painting, though many times we can. If you know the original artist's name, please email and we'll annotate the listing. A lovely painting, amazing as a miniature!
Very good to excellent condition throughout. The frame is a magnificent dore bronze French masterpiece on its own and of excellent value. The painting is lovely, in fine condition and entirely hand painted, signed by the artist (see images). Not a bit of damage to either one. Slight patina of age to the old frame, no warp or damage at all to the thin wafer upon which the painting has been done in gauche. View the scans to see the amazing detail.
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