This image seems to be inspired by Sir Edwin Landseer’s famous, iconic 1845 painting, “The Cavalier’s Pets.” However, this charming pastel of two King Charles Cavalier spaniels was done by a French artist who lived and worked in the late 19th century. It is signed “C. Besnard” and dated “22 Juillen 1896.” The style is distinctly naive, which adds to its considerable charm. It is a large and very decorative piece.
In this version of Landseer’s painting, the dogs are on a red table scarf with a deep teal curtain hanging behind them. One of the dogs has a blue ribbon collar and bow. The fur on this dog was beautifully done to show the slight curl and waves with cream, gold and brown colors. The other spaniel’s gaze is on the artist.
There was an old tag on the back that is missing after re-framing. It said: “GLACES NUES ET ENCARDREES, DAVEAU, DOREUR SAMUR, Rue du Puits, Neuf, 25. TOILES CIREE, ETAMAGES DE GLACES.”
The condition is very good for its age of 120 years and type; that is, a work of art on paper. The colors are still incredibly deep, rich and vivid. I have had the piece professionally restored and framed. The frame’s walnut veneer provides an excellent period feel to this marvelous pastel painting.
It measures 29-1/8 inches wide by 24-1/4 inches high, including the frame.
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