And exceptionally personal and fine item, both the oil painting on panel and the hand carved elaborate and large frame made for it. Obviously it was a combination of 2 artisans at their best. The painting is, as noted, an oil portrait done on panel or board, not on stretched canvas. It is signed and dated, so we know this is a 1906 painting by G. Ruffini. A very distinguished portrait, but we do not have the sitter's ID unless it's noted on backside of the painting, which we did not take out of frame to check. Perhaps you could find it there and learn more. If you military experts recognize the uniform, please let us know and we'll annotate our listing with that information. I can find nothing about the artist, but didn't try very hard. It is the frame that most interest me. What a fabulous hand carved work of art it truly is. Should you not be in love with the painting, you could certainly have this one as a mirror frame. Just look at the work that's gone into it. Exceptional! Very thick, you'll never see anything quite like it. More sculpture than frame, and at 21 7/8" tall and 16" wide, up to 3 7/8" in depth, just spectacular!
Very good to excellent condition. The painting has a bit of surface grime which could benefit from a cleaning. I didn't do any at all on it. The frame is in excellent condition without so much as a small chip that I can find. French in feel, rocaille, shells, figural and florals. Wood backing is the old original and might reveal more about the gentleman. We didn't take it off to check for any ID that might be noted within.
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