This joyful and fanciful small painting was done in the manner of earlier 19th century works. It comes from Paris and dates from mid-century (1940's).
The painting is done on an ivory wafer as it was done in earlier times. The scene is a faithful rendering after the 17th century French artist, Lancret and features a young lady and man dancing. They appear to be newlyweds. Friend surround the young couple, in an outdoor setting with beautiful green trees and blue skies. The younger girls whisper to each other, A young man looks back at us from the left corner and a galante gentleman invites a young lady to dance in the right corner. There is a very small artist signature at the bottom center. The painting measures: 4 1/4" x 3 1/8".
The frame is of gesso and is gilded in the Florentine manner. The inner frame is 1" wide, and the outer frame is 1" wide. The outer frame has a scalloped edge and all sides have been gilded in the manner of the front frame. The back of the piece is covered in french paper with text. Written in pencil are "Lancret, Camargue, 9E/568, Ivoire. There is a small triangular hanger at the top.The frame measures:8 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 1" thick.
It is a lovely work celebrating the master painting of Lancret.
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