I think this young girl is just so charming. She is hand painted on porcelain and the artist has signed Dove '11. It looks to date to that era - 1911. The girl is dressed in clothing appropriate to that time period; high lace up shoes, ruffled hat and apron.
The piece measures about 11 1/2" by 5 3/4" and the frame adds an additional 1 3/4" all around. The painting has a pretty pale blue sky and the girls clothes are tan and yellow with an attractive deep pink ruffled hat. Perhaps she is coming home from school as she is carrying a wicker lunch basket and a notebook in one hand, while the other hand hold a twig.
The background of the picture shows grass and rocks, indicating a rural setting.
The painting has a wonderful wood frame in deep brown with some gold accents, that appears to be original to the piece. It compliments the painting beautifully.
It has brown paper on the back, with a wire for hanging. Both look as though they have been added recently. The piece is in wonderful condition and all ready to grace your walls.
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