A pair of 'instant ancestor' paintings, watercolor on paper, beautifully accomplished in silhouette here, and framed in a double-oval sweetheart frame with bow top. Gesso on wood, there is a very good chance the portraits were housed in another frame for a good part of their lives, then moved to the sweetheart frame (also antique, but perhaps not so old as our lovely couple) sometime mid-1800s. The pair of paintings are c. 1810-30. Frame, possibly as late as 1880. A more typical frame for the old silhouette miniature portraits would be simple rectangle in black composite or wood, an acorn or other ornamental hanging ornament at the top. You know the look. The clothing and bonnet fashions, jewelry fashions are right for 1810, give or take a few years. Beautifully done, they do not bear a visible signature and we have not opened the frame backing to scan them or look for a signature. I think they are painted on vellum or paper/card, rather than on natural wafer.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. A charming accent to add into your collection or to your family for period and display. We do not have the ID of the sitters, but it might well be noted on back within the frame. We did not disturb the paintings from their frame, and for this reason, I can tell you that the photos are not as lovely as are the original paintings. We lose some detail in photos of these and can only capture them fully with a scan, but that requires removing the paintings, and we just didn't want to disturb the pair. Frame is old, perhaps not as old as our paintings, however. There is a flaw to one loop of the wire/gesso bow up top, visible in our images. Galss and mat are all in fine order, as are the paintings, themselves.
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