If you are one of those world class doll collectors who fit out doll houses in antique furniture and paintings, this is perfect for you. The painting looks like an Old Master - perhaps Flemish, and the frame is superb, making it one that would be fabulous in a doll's vignette room placement as well as centerpiece in a collection of portrait miniatures. I'm sure it's after (copy of) some Old Master painting or other, but I didn't immediately recognize it. Does anyone out there? One might think of Rembrandt,and it has that feel, but I don't recognize the actual painting. Miniatures were done in late 1700s to mid-1800s for the early Grand Tour tourist trade, and were popular like this one as souvenirs of the original art in museums they'd visit. This one is painted in oil on copper panel or plaque, which is rather unusual. We would date it between 1810-1850. Same for frame, which is in excellent form. The frame is wood with carved wood, applied gesso and a fabulous heavy gilt finish. The painting is matted as you see it.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The painting is in oil on copper plaque, no damage at all and is a superb small painting. matted and mounted in a valuable antique frame of wood with applied gesso and overall gilt parcel finish that is in fine form. Excellent overall, and hanging in my living room even now.
Item ID: 413portman
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