Miniature silhouette of a young gentlemen
New England, circa 1830
Hollow-cut watercolor on paper, 4 ½ x 3 ¾ inches, original basswood floral paint decorated frame with original glass and backboard.
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The young gentleman in profile, with hollow-cut face, shirt and collar; the hair, shirt, and two-tone colored coat picked out in watercolor. The silhouette retaining its remarkable original paint decorated flat frame, with quarter round interior corners, and decorated with flowers and leaves, a stylized sun, pinwheels, and a basket of flowers in vibrant shades of red and green on a yellow background. The frame is carved from the solid with no joinery employed. In a superb state of preservation, in untouched condition, with original glass and backboard secured by original tiny wooden pins. This is a gem of the very finest quality.
Collection of Carolyn and Tom Porter, Delaware, OH.