This is a charming antique Victoriancrystoleumprint on concave glass, late 19th Century in date.
It depicts a young mother dressed in Georgian periodcostume holding her daughter, set in a classical backdrop.
The picture is framed in a gilded frame with fluted detail.
In excellent condition. Asantique items, the pieces show signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues with the frame which are mentioned for accuracy, and, as seen in the accompanying photographs the picture looks lovely.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 34 x Width 19 x Depth 2-Frame
Height 27 x Width 12-Picture
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 7 inches x Depth 1 inch-Frame
Height 11 inches x Width 5 inches-Picture
Our reference: 09372c
Thecrystoleumfrom "crystal" + "oleum" (oil), process was a method of applying colour to analbumen print, popular from c.1880 to c.1910.
Analbumen printwas pasted face down to the inside of a concave piece of glass. Once the adhesive (usuallystarchpaste orgelatin) was dry, the paper backing of the print was rubbed away, leaving only the transparent emulsion on the glass.
The image was then coloured by hand, usingoil paints. Another piece of glass was added to the back and this could also be coloured by hand. Both pieces of glass were bound together creating a detailed, albeit fragile, image. The process was derived from the 18th centurymezzotintprocess.
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