From the very early 19th Century, I would say between 1805 and 1820, this is an exquisite rendering of "Portes Mordelaises" in Rennes, the ancient royal entrance to the Brittany city, complete with a hay cart and a couple of Bretons in traditional costumes:
lace bonnet, embroidered scarf and velvet dress for the lady, short jacket, bloomers and black hat with ribbons for the man.
The piece is a thick watercolor or "gouache" on parchment paper.
It has charm and atmosphere with its dark walls and towers, its impressive fortress in the center, and openings that look liike stores.
These are ancient times with little traffic and little wealth showing. Just one cart on the street, covered with what looks like hay which may have been the means of locomotion of the couple from the countryside, the lady sitting on top, the man pulling.
A delightful artwork, realistic and poetic at the same time, and which will bring a delightful antique touch to any decor!
In good condition.
Small restoration at the lower right corner. Wrinkles at the upper right and lower left corners.
Length: 10". Width: 7 3/4"
( 25 cm by 19.5 cm)
SHIPPING: Will be shipped "REGISTERED" from Paris including US online tracking, insurance and signature at delivery.
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