Fabulous antique animalier style miniature oil painting on celluloid, an english greyhound in 11.5" gilt gesso on wood picture frame and signed by George Paice (1854-1925)! This one just in from France and what a lovely little painting. Perfect for the canine and/or miniature enthusiasts! These look wonderful grouped and displayed, an example shown in our images above. The frame appears to be later perhaps though may be original, wonderful all the way around though and it has, as you can see, undeniable visual & decorative appeal in addition to the signature. We're pretty confident that this is an original Paice work but can't be certain without having it looked at. Sometimes these miniatures are done 'apres' or after the originals but this one, judging from some of his works that we've looked at online, appears to be an actual George Paice painting.
Born in Pimlico, London, George Paice studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art and at the Royal Academy from 1905-1910. He worked mostly for private collectors, his paintings almost never present at public exhibitions. Nevertheless, he did exhibit his works at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Society of British Artists, gaining notoriety among the wealthy. He was quickly a much sought-after artist by the English aristocracy, one or two mecenes encouraging his work. Probably for that reason, most of his paintings remained in private collections until two decades ago when some of those works appeared in world known Auction Houses such as Christie's (South Kensington,20/06/91). Paice died in 1925 aged 71 and was buried in the family grave, in Croydon, his racing colours (he had always been interested in racings) draped on his coffin. With his animal portraits present in galleries and museums in England and in the United States at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, Paice's paintings have been sold at Christie's, Sotheby's, and Bonhams.
Very good to excellent condition. I did remove the painting to scan it for enlarged detail and it appears to be painted on celluloid, quite unique. No damage to the painting or frame (other than the slit in the paper back made to remove the painting). See pictures for all measurements.