C1700 Oil on Canvas Portrait of a Lady in Red, White and Blue.
This delicious late 17th century, oil on canvas portrait of a Lady is 79 cm wide and 90 cm tall in her gilded frame. The painter has been influenced a great deal by Michael Dahl, and also Sir Godfrey Kneller, and not much at all by the comparatively florid style of Sir Peter Lely. The composition and painting style is simple and elegant, but Madam is nevertheless swathed in costly satin, and has rose cut diamond earbobs and ring. She wears her hair with symmetrical curls, as fashion dictated for the closing years of the 17th century. The painting is in excellent condition, the canvas having been relined, as with many 17th century works. The 19th century frame is perfectly acceptable in style and colour. I am not a wizard with horticulture, but I believe the flowers she holds are orange blossoms, symbols of purity, chastity and innocence, so Madam in not yet wed and was probably born about 1680 or a little later.
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