(Woman with fruit) by Unidentified

(Woman with fruit) by Unidentified

(Woman with fruit)

Unidentified

Title

(Woman with fruit)

 
Artist
Year
c. 1800  
Technique
gouache with gold leaf edges 
Image Size
9 1/2 x 7 7/8" image and paper size 
Signature
unsigned 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white wove with intricate, unidentified watermark 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
21443 
Price
Price On Request 
Description
This gouache portrait of a woman holding a peach is on a sheet of delicate laid paper, which features a large watermark similar to Briquet/Hacket Vol. II #2291 (crown and shield). The edges of the recto are gilt, perhaps signifying that it was tipped in to a book or manuscript. Since the costume of the sitter appears to be much simpler than that of a member of an upper class (who could afford to commission a portrait), it is assumed that this is not a portrait, but an illustration or study.