|Peggy McClard Antiques
Americana & Folk Art
Lovely little early 19th century school girl watercolor painting of a
pair of doves within a partial wreath of red flower buds and leaves.
They sit upon a nest. Beneath the nest a quiver with arrows and a
bow are suspended above a rose and two rose buds. All
symbols within the painting point to love and romance. The painting is
the type that young girls generally gave to family and friends who kept
them in albums. This one is beautifully framed within a sanded
gilt metal oval mat and a wide, flat profile veneered wood frame.
The veneer has been expertly laid so that all wood grain points to the
center of the frame. It really accentuates this tiny painting.
Once I removed the painting from the frame, I found that the artist
wrote "Sonnet" in beautiful script below the painting. The
painting title is covered by the oval mat. The oval mat must have
come from a daguerreotype frame because, behind the painting, I found
the dag that you see below. The dag shows darkening from having
spent much of its life behind the oval mat. The painting does not
suffer the same type of ultraviolet light damage, meaning it has not
been behind this mat for too many years (also lending credence to my
assumption that it once resided in a friendship album. The frame
measures 5 3/4" x 6". The image size is 2 1/4" x 2 3/4".
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