A delightful French Empire print, circa 1815-20, showing a lovely Normandy lady sitting by her garden fence, and wearing the most sophisticated provincial coiffe!
The piece is very artistic, and besides in remarkable condition.
It goes far beyond the simple description of a Normandy costume. The reason is the signature. This is the famous Gatines, an outstanding French lithographer of the time, who knew how to bring beauty and character to all his portraits!
The lady is sitting elegantly, wearing a contrasted black and white outfit, with unusual arm warmers, and these adorable flat shoes so popular in the early 19th Century.
She is not a peasant, but more the owner of what lies beyond the fence.
She sits pensively, and the fact she wears gray and also black jet jewelry may hint to her being towards the end of a mourning time.
She wears one of these extravagant Normandy bonnets, which fascinated everyone at the time, and also Gatines, who made several artworks about these amazing batiste constructions.
The colors, original to the piece and all applied by hand, are delicate, and as elegant as the costume.
A rare piece, with absolute charm and very decorative qualities.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 12 7/8". Width: 8 3/4".
CONDITION: Best condition possible for its age with colors intact.
Will be shipped "Registered" Airmail from Paris under thick layers of cardboard, including online tracking, insurance and signature at delivery.
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