A finely painted oil on wood panel similar to a cigar box lid, subject an older man with cap smoking his long pipe, 7 1/2" by 5" (10 3/4" by 8 1/4" in the old gold frame), signed in red at lower right with what appears as "G. Galtartini" or similar. As read, or variations thereof, I have not been able to link this to a known painter. The work is clearly that of a talented or listed artist so perhaps I am misreading the name. The work is dated 1879, near that signature. The panel has nearly 150 years of surface grime but underneath that the work is in excellent condition, with just some small edge disturbance from framing nail contact.
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