A pair of beautiful antique portrait prints depicting Parisian beauties fabulously dressed and donning the most spectacular hats. Each is framed in a gilt frame. The prints are of French hand colored engravings considered among the finest costume plates of the nineteenth century. To think that people really dressed like this.
The gilt wood frames are not matching but are indeed complimentary to one another. They are the original frames, done at the same time by Muncy Art Co., Seattle. In 1916 Muncy Art Company was listed in the American Art Annual - American Federation of Art as the Who's Who Among Art Dealers.
The colors in each portrait are true and clear in beautiful soft but rich hues. I do not know if the prints are signed. Despite the existing wear and tear to the original back cover paper I chose to leave removing it to the buyer.
One frame measures 5 inches by 7 inches and the other is 5 by 6 1/2 inches.
Condition of the prints is very good. The portrait of the young woman in the huge dark hat has a small line on the bodice that I believe is a stain. Otherwise, the portraits seem pristine. The ornate frame with a raised rose design has no damage. The simpler gilt frame has a small chip at one corner of the plaster work. The original backing is damaged - torn and old scotch tape. One has the intact Muncy Art Co. sticker. The other has remnants of the original sticker.
The lovely pair of stunning beauties dates to the early 1900's.
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