Sale Price $295
Very nice American hollow cut silhouette that shows the classic American style. This is a simple, clean style and quite well-executed. The lady wears her hair in an 1820s style with a knot high on her head, but of a lower style than the Apollo knots of the next decade. Her hair comb sits high on her head to hold her hair knot in place. She wears a ruffled neckline that was also very popular in the 1820s. She resides in what is possibly the original brass over wood oval frame with a really nicely done verre églomisé glass mat. There is a small scratch on the early blackened backing paper at the back of her ruffed collar and a slight tear at the front point of the bust-line termination (likely where the silhouettist inserted his/her scissors). There is also a small brown stain just under the gilding of the églomisé at about 12:30. The black paint on the églomisé glass mat has suffered expected losses which is well camaflouged with a black paper that has been cut to fit behind it. The period brass frame measures 7" x 5 1/2", has a brass hanging loop and the original wood backing. Someone had oddly glued the wood back into the frame with something like rubber cement. I took it apart, cleaned out the glue to the best of my ability, inserted archival materials and replaced the backing with small nails. A nice addition or beginning to any silhouette collection, made even better with the very well executed églomisé.
This silhouette was used on the HGTV series High Low with Sabrina Soto for a dining room makeover. See last photo below.