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Beautiful Tinsel Painting c 1870

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Folk Art: Pre 1900: Item # 755953

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A goodly sized and beautiful and finely executed tinsel, or foil painting, depicting a loose bouquet of various flowers and leaves. This technique, popular in the latter half of the 19th century in America, reverse paints the subject on the glass and highlights it with the foil behind. When interest in tinsel paintings resurged in the mid and later 20th century, the foil itself was often colored. This is one of the key ways to distinguish 19th and 20th century examples. Lighter colored backgrounds, such as this one, are also indicative of pieces earlier in the 19th century.

The condition of this example is superb, with no paint loss or cracking. Colors are rich and vibrant. The background white exhibits an even scattered distribution of a faint tan amidst the white, which almost looks intentional, but it probably due to oxidation, and does not affect the beauty or value of the piece. The frame is period gilt over gessoed wood. Sight size is 14 inches by 11 1/2 inches, and the framed size is 16 1/2 inches by 13 3/4 inches.