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American School, 19th Century Double Silhouette Portraits of a Lady and Gentleman with Cupid and Hearts.

Auction:
2308
Lot:
4
Sold for:
$12,000$12,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2308
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
February 19, 2006 11:00AM

Description:

American School, 19th Century

Double Silhouette Portraits of a Lady and Gentleman with Cupid and Hearts. Unsigned. Hollow cut paper over black fabric depicting bust-length portraits of a lady with ruffled neckline and upswept hair facing a gentleman in a waistcoat, enclosed in sawtooth borders, between them a figure of Cupid rises on a cloud-like formation, with stenciled hearts and diamond accents, (minor toning), sight size 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 in., original gilt stenciled frame.

Note: A double silhouette portrait with similar decoration and frame was sold at Sotheby's Important Americana Auction , New York, no. 7959, January 15, 16, and 18, 2004, lot 335.

Literature: These two figures are similar to works done by an unknown artist whose work is illustrated in American Folk Portraits: Paintings and Drawings from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, published by the New York Graphic Society, Boston, in association with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1981, figures 252 and 253 on p. 257, and in Folk Art Magazine, Fall 2001, p. 45.
Estimate $800-1,200

u.l. corner with light stain, slight horizontal crease c.l. edge, paper mat is toned, approx. about 7 very small light spots (bleached appearing) on paper mat .

Keywords

American School, Auction, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, New York Graphic Society, Folk Art Magazine, Silhouette

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