Antique Dobbs Watercolor Parrot Embossed Paper Circa 1820 Birds Eye Maple Frame
This wonderful watercolor depiction of an exotic parrot was painted in the Regency period by most likely a lady as painting, drawing and sewing were some of the many past times perfected by ladies of leisure.
This beautiful embossed paper was produced circa 1820 by Dobbs of London who were a British firm of embossers, print publishers and ornamental stationers to the King. Dobbs were known for their use of embossed paper/card designs that were used in face screens, mourning cards, writing papers, visiting cards & envelopes. The very talented artist would have visited her local stationers to specifically purchase the embossed card with the intention of painting her subject in the blank central panel.
The watercolour is housed under gorgeous old wavy and bubbled glass in an antique birds eye maple frame. The genuine period frame we think has been reduced in size, bespoke made specifically for this watercolor. Which after all is so much nicer than a modern frame. The paper features the embossed “Dobbs London” mark.
Measuring: Frame 8 5/8” (21.5 cm) by 9 7/8” (25 cm). Paper 4.75” (12 cm) by 6” (15.5 cm).
Condition: The embossed paper and watercolor are in very good condition, free from foxing or tears. The frame has a lovely golden color and good patina. There is some minor wear commensurate with age to the corners and a vertical scratch at 6 o'clock, NOT a join. There is a small area of touch up to the top of the gilt mount.
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