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Oil on canvas, 19th c, representing the portrait of a woman of high society, signed to the left edge "Eugène Mathieu". The French artist was born in 1812 and we haven't found very much about him though this painting is as fine a portrait as any we've ever seen. (And believe me, I haunt all art museums around the world, as well as antiques venues). The painting is beautifully preserved, accomplished in oil on stretched linen canvas without any holes, tears, restorations and is very well preserved. A great attention to details, the painting dates to mid-1800s, between 1840-60 and represents a mature work by this French artist. Just look at the detail and exceptional work of art it is.
Identification of the sitter: There is also notation on the outer perimeter, where it is written at the top and on the left side, "Mme. Olympe Couvreu de Deckersberg, ne (born) Olympe Hugonin". You will be able to research more about this woman and her history.
The artist is a listed artist and I am able to find a range of value through major auction houses throughout the world that are between 2000-12,000 euro. This exquisite portrait is finer than any of the others I have been able to research by this artist, and is a stunning composition and interior setting and view, as well as portrait. Add in the exquisite and unique deep oval frame, and the pair will elevate any room. I have her over a fireplace in my main home at this very moment. The outer frame is 27" x 24.5" oval that is 3" deep overall, and the painting is 20" x 17.5".
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Antique French Oil Painting, Portrait and Interior, Superb Frame, Artist: Eugène Mathieu, 1812
San Marcos, CA
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