Lovely miniature watercolor painting on laid paper depicting an intimate, candle lit scene of an early 1800's setting. Behind a blue, heavy, draped curtain we see a young lady reclining on a type of chaise longue known as Meridienne (meant for middle of the day naps, hence the name), a book in one hand, her head resting on the other. She has a dreamy expression, perhaps from being struck by Cupid as symbolized by the ornament close to her head. The Federal style wallpaper as well as the swags on the small side table supporting the candlestick are all classic motifs typical of early 1800's decor. The oval scene is surrounded by a trompe l'oeil, faux marble mat, painted in watercolors, probably by the same hand. It is signed on the lower edge center of the oval, semi legible, appears to say: Fecit Waenger. It is mounted on cardboard which has a later inscription on the back saying "Old Original Water Color German School Ca 1800" possibly a reference to a Philadelphia Germantown origin. Comes matted and framed, ready to display. In good used condition with toning and paint flaking as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 13 1/2" by 12 13/16" (34.3 cm by 32.5 cm) 4" by 2 13/16" (10.2 cm by 7.2 cm) approximately.