Here is a circa 1800-1815 water color and embroidery work on ivory silk mourning school girl piece hat show 3 people in Empire or Regency style clothing. and weeping willow and cedar tree mourning symbols. The ladies wear high waist gowns and Grecian hair styles of the Empire period. The man wears a cutaway jacket. Both ladies have long handkerchiefs. The colors of the piece are still bright. If you look closely at the piece in natural light you can see the maker at first planned to include the tomb of George and Martha Washington. She apparently changed her mind. The picture is 22" x 20". It is protected under a sheet of plexi-glass with stiff card board backer. I have not examined it out of the cover. It looks sturdy and intact. It came out of the collection of a long time dealer in Salem County NJ. The family had been in the antique business for generations.
Early 19th Century American Water Colored and Embroidered Silk Mourning Picture
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