This is one of our favorite paintings that we have retailed; the sitters are charming and the attention to detail is beautifully executed. The black lace gloves and micromosaic doves of Pliny brooch are truly delightful.
This large English watercolor and gouache portrait dates to the 19th century, circa 1850. This beguiling painting features a very attractive young lady wearing her shot silk dress who is looking after her young baby who is sat upright in an ornate crib. The young mother has THE most gentle, charming, trusting features; her brown eyes surely could melt any heart. Those brown eyes have a great warmth, yet tinged with perhaps with a sense of longing or melancholy? Perhaps her Victorian husband was not chosen with her heart? The painting is housed behind old glass in the most decorative gilded rope twist Gesso frame. The excellent subject matter and the ornate frame make for the perfect combination.
Measuring: Frame width 14.75 inch (37.5 cm) by height 18.5 inch (47 cm). Frame depth 1 inch (2.5 cm). Aperture width 12 7/8 inch (32.5 cm) by height 16.5 inch (42 cm).
Condition: The unsigned watercolor is in good condition, there are two small old holes to the paper at the bottom near the bottom of the crib. The paper is a little lighter along the vertical edges where it was perhaps once positioned within a mount meaning the backing is a little visible along the left edge of the paper. The four corners of the frame have at some point been restored; this does not detract from the frame.
This is the perfect item for anyone who loves Victorian art and antiques.
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