18th-Century French School

Portrait Of A Lady With Roses

18th-Century French School

Portrait Of A Lady With Roses

This beautiful late 18th-century French School oil painting depicts a lady wearing a Robe à l'Anglaise and holding roses.

Intended as a conveyance of love, this gentle portrayal was probably created for a potential suitor. A portrait commissioned by her family in expectation of an appropriate match.

The roses carry symbolic overtones as per the rules of ‘floriography’, a popular topic of conversation. Several books were written on the subject with the significance of every flower meticulously described. Ladies were keen to demonstrate their understanding by carefully curating their posies.

The inclusion of red and white roses is a reference to unity, a bond between souls.

Held in a later frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 24” x 28” / 61cm x 71cm
Year of creation: c. 1770
Provenance: Private collection, France.
Condition: Assessed and approved by our conservator. Cleaned. Several tidy patched repairs. Settled craquelure, as you would expect. The paint layer is stable. Faint stretcher marks.
Our reference: BRV1808

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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