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Tinsel Foil Painting with Great Frame 19th c


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Folk Art: Pre 1900: Item # 1285370

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A striking and very large American tinsel, or foil, painting depicting a central bouquet of flowers with groupings of flowers at each of the corners. The gilded frame, in quite good condition, is of particular importance, being fairly costly, and dating from the 19th century. The backboard, clearly not original, is masonite, being put on to replace an original wood one.

The painting is in very good condition (see Note 1 below), with no cracks, paint lifting or loss of foil. The colors are deep and very vibrant. Sight size is 21" by 19 1/2", with a framed size of 26" by 24 1/2".

Note 1> Many tinsel paintings have issues with paint loss or lifting. However, there is another lesser but interesting issue that at times is seen on stencilled examples (which is the way the majority of tinsels are done): a graying or ghosting around the edges or outlining the main image in a painting. To understand why this occurs, the method of how tinsel paintings are made should be examined. When the original reverse painting is done, the stencil is held in place with some type or adhesive material or tape. When this is removed, it can either leave a residue that might not be completely cleaned off, or it has slightly altered the glass surface. When the background color of the painting is done, this affects the application or the long term density, thus creating the faint ghosting. The tinsel offered here has that ghosting, which does not affect the visual impression or value to any great extent.

Note 2. 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.