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Framed Double Silhouette Portraits of a Lady and a Boy

Auction:
2431
Lot:
591
Sold for:
$474$400

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2431
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 01, 2008 3:00PM

Description:

Framed Double Silhouette Portraits of a Lady and a Boy, probably America, 1838, the names of the sitters, their birthdates, and date of silhouette are printed above and below portraits, showing the likenesses of "Lydia Stone/Aged 40/ Was Born December the 24, 1795," and "Joseph B. Lawrence/Aged 10/Was Born December the 29, 1828," both silhouettes dated "June the 5, 1838," hollow-cut portraits highlighted with ink and graphite over paper set side by side, sight size 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 in., in a period molded giltwood frame. Condition: Toning, foxing, stains, two tears off nose and chin on boy.
Estimate $800-1,200

Not laid down. Double cuts of each were done, such that there is a sheet of paper (black) sandwiched between the two portraits, however there is no printed identification on the hidden silhouettes. The two tears on the boy are about 1/2 in lg. Some fading of the black paper on both, but different paper was used for each, matt on the woman and shiny, somewhat irridescent on the boy.

Keywords

Joseph B. Lawrence, Portrait, Silhouette

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