An elegant Victorian matron with her lace cuffs, cap and collar and some elegant jewelry showing both her station in society as well as her personal style. We'd date her early Victorian, c. 1840-50, perhaps even a little earlier. This is based on the clothing she wears and also on the original frame. She holds what appears to me to be some lovely needlework, and perhaps she worked on it during her sitting for the artist, who has not signed his or her work. The long muff chain might well have a quizzing glass, as I don't see a watch there. The size of the cameo and its generous gold mout both show well. The position she is within the aperture of the frame is extremely well done. A vibrant background of red brings added color to her cheeks and lips, and we can easily see that she must have been a real beauty in her youth. A very lovely prize she is now, too.
Very good condition for age and type, the painting is in oil on canvas, and it has no holes or tears, remains well stretched on it's stretching frame. There is a line of white or rub across the bottom which is likely from not being tightly enough mounted to this frame, which shows its age in the form of some broken plaster appliques, some dimming to the gold on the bottom panel. The shell motif and elaborate styling of the frame remains very lovely, though, and together, the portrait and frame are exceptionally pleasing.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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