Elegant pair of French watercolors, one representing the Ancien Regime and the other, Post French Revolution period. The first depicts an older nobleman reading, seated in a relaxed position with legs outstretched. The second shows a young, Post Revolution dandy standing in front of a stone wall holding a twisted branch cane, most likely concealing a sword. The style of his hat, round instead of a tricorne, was the latest vogue among gentlemen at the end of the 18th century. Both watercolors are signed on the lower right, one signature faded, as shown. Ready to display in fine gilt wood frames. Remnants of a label on the back of the frames read as follows: "Armstrong Vance Gilders" ( fine 19th Century Philadelphia gilders, mirror and picture frame manufacturers according to a 1886 City of Philadelphia Leading Merchants and Manufacturers directory). In very good used condition with toning and minor imperfections to frames as shown. Shipped professionally packed, fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frames: Visible image sitting man: (25.3 cm by 18.9 cm); Visible image standing man: (26 cm by 16.2 cm)