From the 1790s so right after the French Revolution, going into the first years of the French Empire, a divine watercolor/gouache with super fresh colors, showing a woman in Greek costume taking care of her plantations.
The scene is done in an amazing gradation of blues against a cream paper, and is just divine.
The young lady is taking care of what looks like a young laurel tree, taking it out for the Summer, as the laurel probably spent the Winter indoors.
She is attaching its branches to a pole to guide its growth.
On what must be a marble stand, more plants in pots are displayed, which you will recognize as they are still around today.
The scene is of course very poetic, and what adds to its amazing antique charm is the fact that more than 2 Centuries later, we can still feel very close to its subject.
As apprentice gardeners ourselves, we still have the same gestures as the 18th C lady in blue today and we even own the same plants!
A small antique treasure, precious and VERY rare, that will illuminate any decor!
In very good condition. Colors still very fresh. (the piece was kept in an artist's portfolio all along) Small restoration of the lower left corner (see pic)
Length: 5 7/8". Width: 4 3/4".
(15 cm) by (12 cm)
Will be shipped "Expedited" from Paris (5-7 days) also called "Express International" under thick layers of cardboard, fully insured and with signature at delivery.
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