We are so excited to be able to retail this absolutely stunning watercolour painting from the circa 1780 to 1820 period. This exceptional example depicts a pair of gregarious little Goldfinches, full of chattering energy and optimism.
Of course the Goldfinch holds important significance in the language of art and religion. In the Christian faith you will often find the Christ child holding this small sacred bird as a sign of his passion/ resurrection. The legend goes that the red spot on the Goldfinch's head was born at the time of the crucifixion. The bird flew down to Christ to remove a thorn from his head, when it was splashed with a drop of Christ's blood. See Raphael's Madonna of the Goldfinch (c 1506) where Christ can be seen stroking the bird. Also in ancient Egyptian culture this small bird symbolized the souls of the departed.
Our charming, naive painting depicts two goldfinches resting on a small tree upon a small hillock of grass. The painting is on paper and is housed behind old glass in what appears to be the original (unopened)gilt frame. Notice also the remnants of its original blue backing paper. This artwork is perfect for anyone who loves all things folk art or primitive or has a passion for birds!
Measuring: Frame width 9 inch (23 cm) by height 10.5 inch (26.5 cm). Aperture width 7 inch (18 cm) by height 8.5 inch (21.5 cm).
Condition: Some light debris under glass, some minor bumps to Gesso frame. Some age darkening to the paper, and slight blueing of the green pigment. All common elements of age.
Book Ref: British Folk Art by James Ayres, pages 80 and 84 for similar.
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19th Century British Naïve School, Watercolor Painting, Folk Art Goldfinch Bird, Georgian C 1800
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