This gorgeous framed plaque was hand painted by the much-loved artist R. Restoueix, who worked for the Limoges factory in the late 1950's. His work is highly collected in France for it's fineness in replicating master paintings on Limoges enamel.
This painting is after the work of "L'Oiseleur" by Lancret. It is a dreamy pastoral scene with songbirds flying through the fragrant air and plush greenness of summer. Six young ladies and gentlemen watch the birds fly and enjoy the beauty of the river and mountain background scenes. The expressions on the painted faces are executed with extreme fineness. It presents a true scene from rural life, with farm houses from a small village lining the riverbanks.
The colors of the painting are rich and luxurious. The enamel piece on which the scene is painted has a rectangular convex shape, which adds to the richness and the depth of the painting. The thick glaze brings out the colors. There is a small brass plaque at the bottom with the paintings title and "d'apres Lancret". The painting is signed at the bottom left by Restoueix (R. Restoueix Limoges)
The very beautiful frame is of gesso, which has been gilded. The back of the frame is lined with crimson paper which mimics Morocco leather. An etiquette ticket at the top left reads "Email d'Art de Limoges" R. Restoueix M.O.F. A second etiquette ticket at the bottom right is a certificate which attests that Restoueix is an accredited master of painting on enamel. There is a small brass hanging ring at the top.
The visible enamel piece measures 10 7/8" x 13". The measurements including the frame are: 20 1/2" x 17 1/2". It remains in excellent condition. There is some light wear to the lining of the back of the frame. The enamel piece and the frame are in excellent condition.
Coming from the important factory of Limoges, and skillfully hand painted by a master, it is wonderfully unusual and decorative painting.
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