One of my Paris trips a few years ago coincided with an exhibit in the Grand Palais of the portrait sketches by the most celebrated French artists like Jacques-Louis DAVID, Gerard, Ingres and other Napoleonic era artists. These small elegant pencil drawings just thrilled me. Intimate (most were of families the artist knew or were done as gifts to a family who were patrons. Some areas tightly detailed and rich in realism, then trailing into just some pencil lines to define clothing or furnishing in the mostly interior settings that housed the people of those brilliant sketches. You hardly think of those artist as taking the time to just work with a pencil and paper, but that exhibition remains for me one of my all-time favorites. I wish I could spend time with those drawings again. This reminds us to visit the drawings rooms in major museums - they're often as thrilling as the larger works by these noted artists and others.
That is what this find reminds me of, and why I'm thrilled to offer these 2 pencil sketch portraits in their lovely 19th century French frame. I do not know the artist. They are both unsigned. One can certainly imagine them the quick sketches of a host family done in thanks following a lovely dinner, can't one. And perhaps that's just exactly what they are. The clothing and styles of hair and jewelry tell us they're c.1830, and that's right for the frame, as well. Certainly not later than 1850. Look them over. Would be charming on a wall in a Bru or similar doll's house, don't you agree? Measurements are noted on the photos, but outer frame is 7" x 4.5" and it's 3/8" thick.
Very nicely preserved, very good to excellent condition throughout. I didn't take these out to scan, or to see if they're signed at all. You might wish to do that as their next owner. Frame lily once had an easel stand, and I think it would be relatively simple to make one for it; the slot remains. We'll leave that to our buyer's discretion, however. Portraits are protected under glass. No chips nor cracks, no loss to burled veneers. Very fine frame.
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