Here are a rare pair of hand painted and artist signed portraits on thin natural wafer wafer: a French military officer and his wife, at least we'll assume she is his wife. I don't know the military insignia and costumes well enough to tell you what office this gentleman holds, but the powdered wigs they both wear wear and other issues of style of clothing and all would lead us to believe they're 1780-1800 French. Experts? What we do know is that they're both signed by the same artist's hand, "Saint Jules", I believe. The facing profiles make a striking pair, housed as they are in a superb old shell inlaid natural shell frame. The old slightly convex glass is intact on both paintings, as is the brass outer frame into which each is matted/set. The woman's portrait appears to have sustained a very slight water or moisture flaw, however, visible far more in our grand enlargements than it is to the eye in her 2" diameter painting. Splendid on all counts, I'd still rate this pair as very good to excellent, age considered. HIGH appeal, low price for a military duet and a shell frame!
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