Original bust oil portrait, 11-1/2" x 14". The canvas is mounted to a 1/2" thick piece of wood, held with small nails along the fore-edges. Framed in a later dark brown, recessed, molded wood frame, behind a burnt orange velvet mat with oval opening measuring approximately 9-1/2" x 12". The painting's surface has some usual age cracks and crackling patterns, some very small spots where paint has rubbed off along the line of the oval beneath the matting. Very Good.
We can identify neither the subject nor artist. Her dress is of high quality, possibly of European design, with an empire waist, sleeves with large puffs at the top which sit off the shoulders, the top line of the dress being a bit demure and cut above the cleavage and nearly straight across, with lace trimmed netting leading up to the neckline and ending in a collar. A brooch is placed at the center where the dress material and netting meet. This type of apparel was popular during the early to mid-1800s. Item #34620