John Miers Painted Silhouette On Plaster With Trade Label Georgian Circa 1790s
This is a fine example of an original Georgian painted silhouette upon plaster. This facing right profile depicts an unknown female sitter and bears the original trade label to the rear that informs us that the artist was none other than the celebrated John Miers.
John Miers (1756 - 1821) was an English artists famed for the skill and contrast of his sharply defined profile paintings against the pure white plaster ground. He mastered this individual technique but was known to have also worked his painted profile magic upon other mediums. He started his profile career in Leeds, moving to Edinburgh, then later setting up a studio at 111 Strand, London. Our example with its original rear trade label dates the silhouette to the 1790's period, when John Miers was documented as using this particular trade label, documented as trade label 11.
Our example shows a lady with her curled hair gathered in a low chignon to the nape of her neck. She wears a pretty bandeau tied around her head with bow to the top. Details such as eyelashes and slightly double chin are clearly shown. We like the fine, wispy hair detailing and the suggestion that she wears a diaphanous tucker or fichu, all trademark shadowing effects used by the great man throughout his artistic career. The lack of bronzing and the curved base to the under shoulder are all Miers indicators.
Housed under flat glass and set within its typical Georgian frame. The original pasted over the entire back trade label is a real coup, although now disintegrated around the sides so that tape is needed to secure.
Size: frame 4.5" by 5.25". Actual visible plaster oval 2 3/8" by 3.25"
Condition: The plaster and painted silhouette are in good, sound order free from cracks or damage. There are a couple of very small pin head flakes to the black paint but very minor indeed. The black papier mache and gilt wood frame are in good order complete with original top hanger. As mentioned above the pasted trade label is complete but has cracked and disintegrated around the edges of the plaster oval. One could not nail the silhouette in place as the thick plaster oval stands proud. Securing tape is the only solution top and bottom so as not to cover the wonderful trade label.
This is a fantastic opportunity to own an original Miers, it looks superb displayed with your other Georgian silhouettes.
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