This is a classic assemblage art piece. It is usually found in an antiques or collectible store. This art form was popular as souvenirs from travels in areas that had an abundance of these colorful butterflies at some time in the distant past. The brilliant background is the sky made of butterfly wings and is the sea. The sailboat and tree are ink. The little portrait is set in a black frame with a black mat and a silver filet. The piece has a self standing easel and there is damage to the back but the easel works. The image is 3 1/2" high by 2 1/2" wide. The frame is 5 1/2" tall by 4" wide. While we would never do this today, it is a lovely piece of the past.
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Art & Antiques from Victorian through the 1950's and slightly beyond
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