A Pair of Early C19th French Portraits

The stylish sitters are depicted half length, their faces inclined towards one another. Their highly fashionable clothing comprising of one lady in an C18th costume of a dark blue silk dress applied with pink and blue flowers with very fine lace cuffs and collar, topped off with a rather special hair piece of lace and ribbons with lots more flowers! The sitter is also wearing a matching necklace and bracelet of tiny coral beads. Her younger companion, presumably a relative, is wearing a simpler pale blue Empire dress with a high waistline trimmed in lace and draped around her an embroidered shawl.  This lady has her wonderfully curled dark hair gathered upwards and held in place with a bejewelled satin band.

The portraits are housed in their original silver gilded, then gold lacquered, moulded frames and painted in oils on canvas.  There is a shallow indentation (pictured) with no loss of paint to the surface.  One frame is 1cm smaller each side.

France, c.1940 | H.28 x W.22 x D.12cm | SOLD

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