Actually a "Phrygian", from an area East of ancient Greece, (where modern Turkey now is) this is a very early 19th Century representation of a young male, sitting on a good chair, dressed in an eccentric costume, and.. really handsome!
The work which has historical significance, was designed and signed by Thomas Hope, a major Regency style designer, whose work is kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Here is a short description on the Museum site:
"Thomas Hope (1769–1831) was influential as a designer, design reformer and collector. A Dutchman, born in Amsterdam, Hope inherited from his family a tradition of collecting as well as vast wealth from the family bank. He was a collector on a grand scale and also an innovative designer of great genius who helped define what we understand as the Regency style.
His extensive Grand Tour travels in Europe, Greece, Turkey and Egypt inspired his interest in antiquities as a source of designs for Regency interiors, furniture and metalwork. He was determined to reform contemporary taste by returning architecture and the arts, including interior design and furniture, to what he conceived as the spirit of classical purity."
The Phrygian is holding a ritual vessel, revealing his cute Greek profile.
You will love the polka dots on the sleeves of his charming dress!
His hairpiece, mixing passementerie and a laurel crown, with his natural dreadlocks is not bad either.
But what really is truly dumbfounding is his running shoes. Half sneakers, half boots, they really rule!
Last but not least, you must have a look at the way these garments are sewn together. BIG stitches. The sewing machine was not yet invented.
Of course the purpose of the artwork is the chair, Regency before its time! but it is obvious Hope also liked the costume, and was stunned by the overall style of both the outfit, and the furniture.
Signed Thomas Hope in the lower left corner.
This delightful piece, elegant and SO original is a Museum piece and a rarity.
It will besides bring a witty note to any print collection.
MEASUREMENTS Length: 9 1/8". Width: 5 5/8".
(23 cm) by (14 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition with no damage. Very slight foxing and the usual darker edges.
Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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