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Superb Petit Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Portrait of a King Charles Spaniel
Superb Petit Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Portrait of a King Charles Spaniel
Superb Petit Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Portrait of a King Charles Spaniel
Superb Petit Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Portrait of a King Charles Spaniel
Superb Petit Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Portrait of a King Charles Spaniel
Superb Petit Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Portrait of a King Charles Spaniel
Superb Petit Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Portrait of a King Charles Spaniel

Superb Petit Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Portrait of a King Charles Spaniel

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I'm not positive if I have the dog breed correct. Might it be a Newfoundland? It appears to be resting on a dock, seagulls in distance and a wave rising. Perhaps looking out to sea for his master to return. In either case, a terrifically charming little painting I found in France. It is unframed, painted on a slightly arched wooden panel (flat on backside) as if it might have been once mounted as a top of a box, perhaps. Begs to have a pretty frame to show it off, but is on display in my home just as it is.  Dates c.1800s, but I can't be more specific. The layered oil paint and lacquer method is that of the brothers Martin, (Vernis Martin), and was most popular in the era of Marie-Antoinette. I will say, initially, I thought this might be a cut down from a c.1840s papier mâché face screen, but it is not papier mâché. 

Very good to excellent condition for age and type. A portrait miniature of a beautiful dog. A nod to the missing oil paint at the bottom of the painting, which blends in well so isn't much detraction. The corners are clipped. I do think, seeing a layer of gesso or adhesive on back of the board, it might have originally been the top panel or a side panel for a wooden chest, box, coffers. It is petit! The marvelous little oil painting is 4 5/8" x 2 7/8" - perfect for a doll house decor, you Bru owners. The slight arch is intentional and not from warping. It is flat as can be on the back side. Isn't it superb!