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Bold Schoolgirl Theorem with Rich Colors
New England, ca. 1830-1840. Probably crushed cotton (velvet), the preferred medium (and expensive) of that period for this type of artwork. The subject of an overflowing basket in that period communicated plenty and optimism. Enhanced by a bird and butterfly. Retains original wavy-glass eglomise panel centered with the name of the schoolgirl artist "EMMALINE SILL.", and presented in a fine gilt frame. The artwork in unusually superb condition save for a stable little crack in the extreme upper left of the glass, outside the image area. Gilt frame size of about 23 inches wide x 19 tall. Provenance: John Sideli, private New England collection.
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