This wonderful decorative bird picture was produced in England during the mid 19th century, circa 1850. The picture depict a very realistic, brightly colored bird which has been intricately created using bird feathers layered upon each other to create a three dimensional effect, we adore his little glass eye. The bird’s legs, branch and surrounding foliage have all been painted in watercolor by the artist. The painting is housed behind glass in an attractive early 19th century antique veneer frame and is ready to hang.
The artist was clearly very talented, this is the perfect painting for anyone who loves birds or is looking for the ideal country house antique.
Feather pictures were extremely popular during the 18th and 19th century. The craft was being taught in Great Britain and Boston, USA as early as 1716!! The famous Mary Delany (who created those exquisite Paper Mosaics) apparently also worked with feathers. You see hand dyed feathers were available from stationers and embroidery thread retailers. Genteel ladies would pass their time very skillfully creating these feathered collages as testament to their skill and individual creativity.
The painting will display excellently in any setting, be it a contemporary or more traditional style interior. The painting is one of a pair, each sold separately.
Measuring: Frame width 12 inch (30.5 cm) by height 13 3/8 inch (34 cm). Aperture width 6 inch (15 cm) by height 7.25 inch (18.5 cm).
Condition: Light foxing to paper. The edges of the paper are a little lighter from where they have at some point been in a smaller mount. Three of the frame corners have had a small replacement section to the veneer, very minor. The top gilt hanger is an antique style replacement.
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Bibliography: June Field - Collecting Georgian and Victorian Crafts.
Jane Toller - The Regency and Victorian Crafts
Noel Riley - The Accomplished Lady, A History of genteel Pursuits c.1660 - 1860