Oil on canvas laid on masonite, 20" by 30", unframed, signed at lower right by Italian artist R. J. Bertini, and dated 1902 (possibly 1912). The scene is an interior with a large hearth in the background, four men appearing as cavaliers or musketeers around a table, engaged in an animated conversation with an old woman, as a young shy woman looks on from the left corner. The painting is charming and classical, executed by a trained hand who quite surprisingly does not appear to be a listed artist. I recently had this completely restored by a professional art conservation firm, as the painting when originally found was literally covered with mud gobs, not to mention years of darkened varnish and dirt which made it nearly impossible to even view the scene, which has now been revealed for likely the first time in decades. Some old overpaint was removed and some scratches inpainted. The painting was well worth saving and it now looks forward to its next century on the wall. The original frame in which it came is in poor condition though it might be available at no extra cost. Note the subtle light blues, pinks, and flesh tones. The painting would be very easy to live with and would make for a fine addition to any traditional interior. .
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