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French School Oil on Canvas Portrait of a Moustachioed Gentleman, circa 1870

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The half-length portrait of a dashing French gentleman, probably in his late thirties, having a well-groomed goatee beard and moustache, and looking out towards the viewer, painted in oils on canvas to a dark ground, the sitter shown in formal dress of a black blazer with a white collared under garment and cravat, the work presented in possibly its original gilded moulded frame, and surviving from the third quarter of 19th century France in attic condition. The picture remains in original though unrestored condition with no over-painting and a good deal of craquelure and paint fleck loss to the surface; with marks and dirt to the surface remaining uncleaned; there are four patched repairs verso and one L-shaped tear to the top right which has yet to be repaired. Please refer to the photographs for a visual reference. There are no marks verso aside from the stretcher being stamped ‘IC.’ and we cannot see a signature that is visible, though it hasn’t been inspected outside of the frame. The picture is priced to reflect its condition. As with the ‘selfie’ today, portraits were also a chance for more self-conscious sitters to be depicted in the latest fashions. In the eighteenth century, the upper classes entered a new era of prosperity. No longer the preserve of royalty, commissioned portraits, of oneself or one’s ancestors, became a coveted symbol of wealth and status which continued even more so in the nineteenth century. The portraits took pride of place in the home, or were given to others as gifts. A beautiful attic find that wheels us away to the echelons of nineteenth century French high society.

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  • Condition Details
    Please see description for full condition report and photographs for visual reference.
  • Dimensions
    H 26.75 in. x W 22.75 in. x D 1.75 in.H 67.95 cm x W 57.79 cm x D 4.45 cm
  • Seller Location
    Bedford, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    2140
  • Reference Number
    LU1944317847921
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Associations: LAPADA - The Association of Arts & Antiques Dealers
1stdibs seller since 2016
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Located in Bedford, GB
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