01-14-2012 01-14-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2579B Boston
January 14, 2012 10:00 AMCalender

Continental School, 19th Century A Conversation Portrait

Auction: European Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2579B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 14, 2012 10:00AM


Continental School, 19th Century

A Conversation Portrait
Unsigned, with an inscribed label affixed to the reverse.
Oil on metal, 10 x 8 in. (25.32 x 20.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Minor surface imperfections and frame abrasions.

N.B. Eighteenth-century painters used the term "conversation" to describe informal group portraits, often showing family and friends enjoying a common activity, such a meal. These scenes are a form of genre painting. The work at hand, showing a family at leisure in a garden, is a later copy that depicts the costumes and setting of 18th-century examples.
Estimate $150-250

Inscribed on a label affixed to the reverse, "Genre-Bild, Das ..../ Grand No. 5/Sujet No. 114."


Continental School