A still life trompe l'oeil c.1850; Follower ...

Item Ref
9119

A trompe l'oeil still life of an engraving titled "A Storm", on a wooden background. Inscribed faintly 'A Ship in Distress, Breaking...…………. Painted by F...… …. 1850".
This is a remarkable painting, truly an 'eye deceiver'; it seems that a tattered print is attached to the wooden boards by sealing wax, and as a further touch of verisimilitude, a fly crawls on the boards.
The painting has an excellent surface and the canvas has never been lined. The frame is a later one, but suits the painting perfectly.

STRICKLAND LOWRY (c.1737-c.1785) was a portrait painter and engraver. Born at Whitehaven, said to have died at Worcester. He practised also in the Midlands where he built up a reputation. He also worked in Dublin and Northern Ireland.
SIZE: 23.25 x 20 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Salisbury, Wiltshire. VERSO: an old Christie's stencilled number, and the inscription 'Nov.11, 55'.
£2,450
| $3,262 USD | €2,776 EUR

Portrait of a Young Boy 1692; Follower ...

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9118

Oil on canvas in a period frame. Inscribed "ATAT SUAE 4. ANNO DNI 1692" (At his age of 4, in the Year of our Lord 1692).
This is a portrait of great charm; the young sitter is depicted within a fashionable feigned oval, unusually, his hand is shown resting upon it....almost like a trompe l'oeil.
He wears the clothing of a member of the gentry and has the air of confidence thought befitting for one of his class. He still wears a skirt at this age, boys were not 'breeched' until the age of 6 or 7 and this was an important event, marking his progress towards adulthood.
The artist was probably provincial but aware of the extremely fashionable artist Nicholas de Largilliere (1656-1746).

SIZE: 35.5 x 29 inches.
PROVENANCE: Spanish country house, part of a family collection acquired over several generations, which has remained untouched in the hills of Andalusia for the past 50 years.
The final image shows the verso of the canvas before conservation.

£4,950
| $6,591 USD | €5,609 EUR

Queen Elizabeth I dummy board, 18th/19th century ...

Item Ref
9117

This naively painted image has great charm and is a rare image of the Virgin Queen. These free standing figures are called Dummy Boards, otherwise known as Silent Companions. They are painted in a very naοve style, with broad brush strokes, as they were meant to be viewed from a distance.
In many country houses, you are likely to come across the odd Dummy Board. They are flat, oil painted figures in trompe l'oeil ... often life-sized (sometimes smaller, as is this one), which were placed around the house: in halls, corridors, by fireplaces and on staircases. The edges of the boards were chamfered (a type of bevelling) to increase the illusion of three-dimensions.
According to the Victoria & Albert Museum they originated in the early 17th century and were popular until the 19th century, when they fell out of fashion.
CONDITION: paint losses and some blistering to the surface; the image has been conserved, but not restored or repainted.
SIZE: 38 inches tall, 18 inches wide.
PROVENANCE: Spanish country house, part of a family collection acquired over several generations, which has remained untouched in the hills of Andalusia for the past 50 years.

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