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Fine Tinsel Foil Reverse Painting on Glass 19th Century

Fine Tinsel Foil Reverse Painting on Glass 19th Century

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Folk Art: Pre 1900: Item # 1206014

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An unusual foil, or tinsel, painting depicting two birds hovering over a large flowering plant. The painting is done basically in tones of taupe and green. The frame is period and is most likely original. The back is sealed with paper that appears to have been a student's calligraphy practice.

Condition is very good, with some very minor paint separation at some points on the edges. The grayish areas in the painting are shadows from when the photograph was taken. The sight size is 15 1/2" by 11 1/2", and the framed size is 18 3/4" by 14 3/4".

Note: Foil paintings were done primarily in the second half of the 19th century, and were generally made by women and school girls. The colors and reflective surfaces displayed beautifully in rooms that were lit during that period with candles or gas lighting.