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Beautiful Large American Tinsel Foil Painting c1880

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Beautiful Large American Tinsel Foil Painting c1880

This is an unusual, very large, and beautifully done tinsel or foil painting. It depicts a large bouquet of flowers in a very elaborate urn. The urn has been painted to look like porcelain with ormolu mounts. The main body of the urn is further decorated with a scene of ballerinas.

Tinsel paintings of this type are almost a completely American form, becoming popular around 1870, and continuing into the mid 20th century. Earlier pieces, such as this one, were done by reverse painting on the glass, and the foil was not colored, but picked up its hues from the paint on the glass it was backing.

Often, tinsel paintings show substantial loss, scratches, and paint lifting. This particular one is is superb condition, with virtually no problems. Anything that appears to be a flaw is due to photographic problems or reflections. Colors are deeper and more vibrant than the photos show. The fine frame is period and might be original, and except for some minor dings and scrapes, is also in excellent condition. The sight size is 23 inches by 17 1/4 inches, and the framed size is 29 inches by 22 inches.

Note: The lamp does not come with purchase of the painting.

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