Antique Miniature Painting of French Woman Doing Embroidery with Loom, Gutta Percha Frame
The second of 2 miniature paintings showing 1700s to 1800s French lady at her sewing or needlework, this one shows the wonderful French embroidery stand (which type we also have a few of for sale, listed separately), practicing that most female art, needlework. We don't know if she's doing silk embroidery or if its needlepoint, or embroidering panels to be incorporated into clothing, but we do know that finding images of women sewing are quite rare, as are those showing musical instruments being used, other accoutrement of daily life. Since portrait miniatures were mostly a luxury, we do know our seamstress is a woman of means and isn't doing the sewing as a profession, or at least we might assume it. The thin natural wafer it's painted upon is typical of the type and genre and were not in use after about 1840s so we can date our image as 1850 or earlier. The gutta percha that comprises the rather rare frame into which the image has been housed is a mid-1800s forerunner of today's plastics, more or less, and was predominantly used in early photography as frame, or Union case for daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and also in some items like boxes or tops of cigar chests (the detail of the castings being quite fine). Between the two aspects, we are sure this is a mid-1800s painting, and frame is of substantial value on its own as a fine antique, as well, and of higher quality and value than many of the wooden alternatives used in France for portrait miniatures in this era.
Very good to excellent in all aspects, from the quality and condition of the thin wafer to the fine condition of the gutta percha frame. No chips or damage to either one. The cover glass is original and in place. We peeled back the fabric backing to access the wafer so it could be scanned for finer detail. You see that the artist has even put those wingnuts on the tiltable needlework frame - as well as the turned wood. I love the fine detail in these tiny paintings! Signed by the artist, whose name is not familiar to me. We've shown the signature. If you are an expert and you recognize this name and see I've interpreted it wrong, please email. Thank you.
Item ID: 1112pmloom
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