A young mother with children, teaching them to drop coins in the donation box for the families of the less fortunate. This is a theme we see done often in the period in France, and I personally have several oil paintings showing a very similar “teach them as they’re babes and they will grow up to be good” lesson-style subject. So nicely done in this one. A kind of moral lesson image that would have graced many homes in its time, encouraging charity.
With the rich coloration of the early chroma-gravure lithographic prints, this one has additional highlighting in guauche, a well, making it seem all the more like a fine painting. The frame is such a beauty on this one, and it’s been perfectly protected under the original cover glass. Nicely cut card mat presents the piece well in its frame. There are some old aging shrinkage lines in the gessso/plaster appliqués on this fine wood frame, visible in our images, but there are no big losses and no restorations, so a very nice framed piece. Ready to hang. Measurements noted on the photos.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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