19th Century Theorem Painting Pair English Rare Circa 1820 Folk Art
We are pleased to offer this unusual pair of early 19th century theorem paintings upon a beige woolen nap ground. They are an unusual pair because they are exactly the same; this fits in perfectly with the Georgians love of symmetry. They would have been created by a Georgian lady to adorn an alcove either side of her main fireplace or indeed display over the mantle just the same as a pair of matching vases. Wouldn't they have look splendid??
The creation of Theorems was yet another addition to the Georgian lady's list of needlework or textile accomplishments. Theorems were hand stenciled/ sometimes free hand painted designs upon stretched cloth..usually velvet but a smooth cloth such a woolen nap would suffice to soften the edges of the painted design. Designs were usually always floral sprays or arrangements, sometimes with a woven basket or classical urn. They were a popular pastime between 1800-1840.
Our matching pair are each absolutely original, offered on their original wood stretchers housed within their original rosewood veneer frames with inner gilt slips. They are not glazed and never have been. We can tell by two little holes on the one Theorem's nap where sparks have flown and splattered on to the surface from an open fire. This same Theorem also has some some white build up to the painted surface, again perhaps a paint reaction to heat from a fire.
Measuring 16" by 16" framed, the Theorem ground measuring 13.75" by 12".
Condition is good for their nearly 200 years of age but not pristine. The woolen ground would have started life as a cream color and has darkened with age. As mentioned above, one Theorem having a couple of fire spark holes, verdigris build up to the stenciling and its partner has a small 0.25" by 1" flake of wood veneer missing to its frame at 11 o clock (hardly noticeable).We have secured their backs as the backing paper was rather raggedy when we purchased them. They are secure and ready to hang now.
A fine antique pair, just perfect for your period interior.
PLEASE NOTE - Due to their size, this pair will ship via courier and NOT standard postage. We include the courier shipping in our price to USA, Canada and mainland Europe but we do not reimburse any import duties or taxes that may be incurred.
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