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Antique Victorian Crystoleum of a Mother & Daughter Picture Painting 19th C

Antique Victorian Crystoleum of a Mother & Daughter Picture Painting 19th C
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  • Antique Victorian Crystoleum of a Mother & Daughter Picture Painting 19th C
  • Antique Victorian Crystoleum of a Mother & Daughter Picture Painting 19th C
  • Antique Victorian Crystoleum of a Mother & Daughter Picture Painting 19th C
  • Antique Victorian Crystoleum of a Mother & Daughter Picture Painting 19th C
  • Antique Victorian Crystoleum of a Mother & Daughter Picture Painting 19th C
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Price: £190.00
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This is a beautiful antique Victorian crystoleum print on concave glass, circa 1880 in date.
 
It depicts a Georgian interior scene of a young mother and daughter reclining on a Regency chaise lounge with large pots of flowers and a screen in the background.
 
The picture is framed in a gilded frame.
 

Condition:

In excellent condition. As antique items, the pieces show signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues with the frame which are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs the picture looks delightful..
 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 24 x Width 33 x Depth 2.5 - Frame

Height 17 x Width 26 - Picture

Dimensions in inches:

Height 9 inches x Width 1 foot, 1 inch x Depth 1 inch - Frame

Height 7 inches x Width 10 inches - Picture

The crystoleum from "crystal" + "oleum" (oil), process was a method of applying colour to an albumen print, popular from c.1880 to c.1910.

An albumen print was pasted face down to the inside of a concave piece of glass. Once the adhesive (usually starch paste or gelatin) was dry, the paper backing of the print was rubbed away, leaving only the transparent emulsion on the glass.

The image was then coloured by hand, using oil paints. Another piece of glass was added to the back and this could also be coloured by hand. Both pieces of glass were bound together creating a detailed, albeit fragile, image. The process was derived from the 18th-century mezzotint process.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 09372 b

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