This gorgeous framed plaque was hand painted by the much-loved artist R. Restoueix, who worked for the Limoges factory in the late 1950's. His work is highly collected in France for it's fineness in replicating master paintings on Limoges enamel.
The painting is after one of the famous works of Renoir, who painted the same two girls in several different scenes. The girls sit on the lush grass, admiring the just-picked flowers in their hands. They have untied their bonnets and are enjoying the very peaceful and tranquil scenery which includes purple mountains (with a pink hue to the sky behind them), green trees and beautiful pastureland. Restoueix has put much time in honoring the great artist with this work. The details and colors are fine and rich. The enamel surface along with the finishing glaze gives the painting a luminous effect. The enamel piece is convex, adding a dimensional quality as well. The painting is signed, R. Restoueix Limoges. A brass plaque at the bottom gives the title "Jeunes Filles aux Champs".
The wide and very detailed frame is of gilded gesso (small nick to gesso upper right corner....could be touched up with gilt...we left that decision to the final owner). Acanthus leaves are placed into eight cartouche around the frame. The back of the frame is covered in red paper, with a wood grain paper border. There is a brass ring for hanging on the wall. There is an etiquette ticket on the upper back corner which reads, "Email L'Art de Limoges Restoueix".
The frame measures: 17 1/2" x 15 1/2". The enamel painting visible from inside the frame measures:8 1/2" x10 1/2". The frame height from the table top to the top of the side is 1 3/4". The painting is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or visible flaws. There is one missing piece of gilt to the inner frame as noted above. Otherwise, the frame is in very good condition.
Restoueix had a mastery that is unsurpassed in painting on enamel. The enamel plaque has a true museum quality when viewed on the wall.