An antique (late 1700's or early 1800's) hand painted work on porcelain, 5 1/2" by 4 1/2" (8" by 7" in later wood frame), the subject a seated young woman in bonnet reading a letter. On the reverse in very old ink and hand is written in French "Jeune femme lisant d'apres G. Metsu" and apparent indecipherable signature/initials after that. The French translates as "Young woman reading, after G. Metsu". Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667) was a Dutch Old Master, some of whose works have exceeded one million dollars at auction. He was known for genre scenes, portraits and still life. His works took after Terborch and de Hooch. The charming piece has survived the centuries in very good condition. The frame has chipped upper corners.
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