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Antique Early 19th c. French Oil Painting, Portrait of a Lady in Black, Elegant Original Louis Philippe Frame
This charming painting is signed in iupper left corner, but I have not ben able to decipher the artist's name so have no information to impart regarding him or her, beyond the obvious and exceptional talent possessed by said artist. The intimate portrait give us great detail and conveys a good deal of personality, a little sadness perhaps, in this beautiful mature woman's face. One can tell she was once a great beauty in youth, and remains so in her later years when this was painted. She wears all black, and perhaps this conveys mourning, and thereby adds the aura of slight sadness or loss. Whether the loss is her husband or her youth, we can't know. Her pose is full frontal and she almost challenges the viewer to understand her, know her. Fine detail throughout, the painting was done in the early 1800s, Louis Philippe era, when this fluting trim was popularly seen on frames and on table boxes, furnitures - a favorite of that c.1830s era, and an element that helps us date the painting. The painting is smallish, though not a miniature. She will work in a grouping and traverse the collector's display of miniatures to full-sized portraiture, or stand alone - beautifully so.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The painting is such a beauty, and being that it is done on board, there are no holes or tears to the 'canvas'. There are also no losses to the painting body, but you can see light rubs around the outer rim where the frame has left some rubs as painting wasn't tightly affixed in the aperture. A slight distraction, and not impacting the body of the portrait at all. Age to the frame, but not much. There is a small section that has been restored well, hard to photograph but wanted to mention it to you. A really fine and nearly 200-year old painting & frame. I love this one!
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