Wall-ready open edition modern color print from the Ethan Allan Home Collection, after the painting "The Parson's Cat", by the Dutch-born woman artist HENRIETTE RONNER-KNIP (1821-1909). The art measures 8 3/4" by 11 3/4" inside the double mat, and 19" by 21 1/2" as nicely framed. The artist's original oils regularly achieve the mid five figures at auctions, and a number have exceeded six figures. The artist's keen understanding of the cat, and her long experience in observing them is obvious in every drawing and painting she produced (she is said to have had a glass-divided area in her studio, so that she could watch them at play). Ronner-Knip showed artistic promise at an early age, taking lessons from her artist father. She went on to paint for royalty all over Europe, as well as for wealthy patrons who commissioned works featuring their pets (a popular undertaking in Victorian times). Although she is best known for the paintings of mischievous and playful cats and kittens, she also painted dogs and other animals. This is a decorative work in excellent condition, sure to please the cat lover. (I note a very small darkened area on frame at right---perhaps some foreign substance had been in contact with it at some point).
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