03-04-2012 03-04-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2585B Boston
March 4, 2012 11:00 AMCalender
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Attributed to Clarissa Peters Russell (Mrs. Moses B. Russell) (American, 1809-1854) Portrait Miniature of a Child in a White Dress Wear

$1,126$950
Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2585B Location: Boston Date / Time: March 04, 2012 11:00AM

Description:

Attributed to Clarissa Peters Russell (Mrs. Moses B. Russell) (American, 1809-1854)

Portrait Miniature of a Child in a White Dress Wearing a Coral Bead Necklace. Unsigned, watercolor on ivory, c. 1840, rectangular, 2 x 2 1/4 in., in a velvet-covered case under an arched gilt-brass mat. Condition: Vertical crack to ivory on left.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

The paint on child's hands and feet is faint, but possibly intentional, no obvious paint losses or flaking detected, the crack is about 1 3/4 in. long, and is on left side about 1/8 of an inch to the right of the flowering plant and extends down through the bottom of the plant and through the left side of the child's dress. There are no inscriptions on the reverse.
Case: The velvet covered book-from case is split on the spine and has been mounted in an open position, onto cardboard with double-sided tape, to fit into a contemporary deep wooden frame. The tape might not be cleanly separated from the velvet cover.

Keywords

Clarissa Peters Russell, Moses B. Russell, The paint