Here's such a lovely portrait of a 19th century woman from California. It is painted on glass (milk glass) and is so beautifully executed. The painting is oval and measures 6 3/4" by 5" across. It is in a wooden frame with a gilded metal liner surrounding the woman's portrait. On the back, in old ink it reads, "Mrs. Seymour Painted by C.E. Baseke - Staplehurst, Larkspur - Marin Co. Cal." The "k" in the artists last name is hard to make out. It could be an h, b or l perhaps. The detail in the portrait is exceptional - her curly hair, the lace on her clothes, the beautiful locket she wears, so typical of fine jewelry at the time. I took the first photo of the painting out of the frame. By taking it out of the frame I was able to say for certain that it is painted on milk glass. It was also easier to show the portrait without the reflections of the glass. At some point this incredible painting deserves some restoration. I don't think this would be too hard or too expensive. I believe the piece is priced very fairly as it is. There is some paint loss here and there. The lips and eyes and some of her clothing show loss. It can be seen in the photos. But overall, the piece speaks for itself. It is not only a very fine portrait, but with some research it clearly has historical significance. She had to be someone special in her finery and to get such a competent painting made. Also the Marin County, California connection is very intriguing.
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