An old and antique American painting of a seated young man playing a flute in a vaguely defined interior, 24" by 20" (32 1/2" by 28" in mid 20th century frame), unsigned. The talented artist remains anonymous but was obviously talented and probably listed. Note the mantel clock at left and elegant European-style table and chair. Over the years the painting has darkened dramatically, taking on a yellow-brown cast due to decades of grime and smoke. A test cleaning by a restorer shows the white of the lower leg/ankle area. There is a smell of heavy cigarette smoke. The buyer should plan to have this professionally cleaned, which would no doubt transform it. There is some alligatoring of the paint in the cheeks.
Antique American 19th century painting of seated man playing a flute