Early 19th-Century German School

Portrait Of A Lady With A Letter

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Early 19th-Century German School

Portrait Of A Lady With A Letter

Regular price £1,295.00
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This charming early 19th-century German oil painting depicts a young lady holding a letter sealed with wax.

Completed in around 1835, the detailed approach adopted here is synonymous with the ‘Biedermeier’ style, which influenced painting, interiors and architecture in central Europe. It was a period of increased wealth for the rising middle classes and artists were in high demand.

The sitter appears to be in mourning, perhaps for a parent, and wears an elegant off-the-shoulder black dress with accompanying black jewellery. The stones in the ring and bracelet are probably jet.

The portrait is unsigned but it’s by a well-trained hand.

Held within a gilt frame, which is probably original.

Medium: Oil on paper laid on canvas
Overall size: 23” x 29” / 59cm x 74cm
Year of creation: c. 1835
Provenance: Private collection, Germany.
Condition: Assessed and approved by our conservator. Cleaned. Revarnished. Minor areas of age-related discolouration. Frame with light marks, losses, and signs of age.
Our reference: BRV1794

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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