C1830 Bejewelled Lady Oil on Canvas Portrait


These portraits were anecdotally purchased some time ago at the Dorotheum, the large auction house in Vienna. Hence the portraits are likely to be Austro-Hungarian. We have separated the portraits as they are different in pose and can stand alone, although they are likely to be a marriage pair. The gilt wooden frames are 59 cm by 50 cm. This charming young lady is finely dressed in an costly white, lace trimmed dress, A smart blue satin belt shows off her tiny waist. The high cost of the Napoleonic Wars stripped most countries of their wealth and most of the citizenry gave up their jewels and silver for the war effort. Nevertheless, this lady is resplendent if gold necklace, earrings, brooch and belt buckle. She was not poor. Her maid has done a wonderful job with her Roman Empire inspired hair arrangement.

I looked extensively or paintings exactly of this type and quality to buy in Paris all through September, but would have had to pay at least this in Euros for so fine a portrait. These were bought locally.

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