Antique Silhouette Double Sided
  • Fun double-sided cut & paste silhouette with a young lady on one side and a young boy on the flip-side.  I doubt that the silhouettes are cut by the same silhouettist, but the young lady and boy may be related.  The lady wears a plaited knot low at the back of her head, the front of her hair parted in the middle and swept straight down and then pulled up and back behind her ears.  She wears long drop earrings.  Her dress sleeves are tight above the elbow and she wears a lace-edged pèlerine above the neckline of her dress.  She is beautifully embellished.  The young boy wears a wide, turned down white collar tied with a black bow.  His hair and clothing details are lightly embellished.  Below his profile is a period inscription with his name and probably the town where he resided, but all I can decipher is "Arthur".  The second word might be "father".  The two silhouettes are framed back to back in an ebonized reeded frame on the side with the young boy and painted black frame on the side with the young woman.  As you can see in the photos, there is a bit of scuffing to the silhouette background card above the lady's head and a linear mark.  She suffers a tiny bit of paint loss about the middle of her bust-line termination.  Framed size is 5 1/8" x 4", not counting the brass hanging loop.  Circa 1840 for both silhouettes.

    (#5177)     Sold

    Provenance: HGTV series High Low with Sabrina Soto for a dining room makeover, 2013.  See last photo below

    Published: Page, Melinda, "What to Collect Now: Silhouettes", Country Living Magazine, June 2014, 39-42.