Antique Jewellry and Decorative Arts from Fiona Kenny Antiques
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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Canadian : Pre 1950 item #781879 (stock #5845)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$24900.00
An important Canadian Group of Seven oil on panel by Francis Hans (Franz or Frank) Johnston OSA, ARCA (Canadian, 1888-1949) titled "Pools of Spring". Born in Toronto, he was a founding member of the renowned Group of Seven, which he left by 1926. He became a principal of the Winnipeg School of Art and later the Ontario College of Art. He changed his signature to "Franz" in 1927 on the advice of a friend. He was the most productive and financially successful of the Group of Seven, painting steadily until he suffered a stroke in 1948. His work shows his love of the Canadian landscape and his fascination with light. His highly sought after works are on exhibition in the McMaster Collection, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada (General Collection and War Gallery Collection), among others. This painting has a sight size of 24" x 20" and the original painted frame, which measures 31" x 26-3/4". This painting has an inscription on the back saying "POOLS of SPRING Source of the Oroman Early April by Franz Johnston A.R.C.A." and this work of art has also been authenticated in writing by a leading Toronto fine arts auction house. It is in excellent original condition with no craquelure, rips, soiling, fading, losses, damage or repairs other than a few tiny flecks to the gilt surface of the frame. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted. Shipping and insurance will be arranged with the purchaser. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : Europe : British : Pre 1900 item #1134991 (stock #6704)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$2250.00
An evocative and well-painted framed 22-1/4" x 14-1/2" (sight size) English oil on canvas by Charles Cattermole (R.I., R.B.A., R.O.I. 1832–1900). Entitled "The Patrol's Return" on a mounted plaque on the 31-1/2" x 24" wood and plaster frame, this painting is signed CHAS CATTERMOLE on the lower right. The back has a Toronto gallery label from 1949 and the canvas is numbered 908 on the back. The image is clean with full colours and a glossy surface (and was most likely cleaned and revarnished in the not too distant past), and it is in excellent condition with no losses or damage to the canvas however there is moderate but noticeable plaster loss to the frame. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Shipping to Canada is by Xpresspost, and to the US and elsewhere is by Fedex . Shipping includes tracking and insurance. Please email us for shipping quotes with destination. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: we DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1215969 (stock #6963)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1995.00
An impressive and superbly crafted English neo-classical revival design sterling silver centerpiece basket, fully hallmarked for Sheffeld 1910. Made by the firm James Dixon & Sons, this basket is a prime example of quality Victorian silver. It has gadrooned edges, scroll and leaf edge terminals, and berried wreath designs. This 16-3/4" x 11" beauty weighs an impressive 1010 grams (approximately 32.5 troy ounces) of sterling silver. It was presented as an award, and it has the following inscription at the center of the bowl: PRESENTED TO W.T. GENT, Esqre. J.P., IN RECOGNITION OF 30 YEARS SERVICE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL OF MISTERTON 11th MARCH 1925." Mr. Gent was the Justice of the Peace of the small town and rural area of Misterton, Nottinghamshire, England, and the inscription also has the names of other council members. This basket is solidly made and heavy, and it was actually plated with sterling over the original parcel gilding (polishing has revealed gilding under polished silver areas, rather than vice-versa). As this basket was bought on the secondhand market for presentation some 15 years after its manufacture, the purchasers opted to silver over the existing gilding, which was considered somewhat ostentatious and contrary to the British taste of the day. Some of the gilding is visible on the ribbon openwork, on the upper section of the base, and on the inscription area. Further polishing will reveal the intact gilding under the thin sterling plating done probably at the time of presentation. This wonderful survivor is in excellent condition with no dents, bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs other than the areas of exposed gilding. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Shipping is by tracked and insurable post. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Timepieces : Clocks : Pre 1910 item #1154683 (stock #6768)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1950.00
A rare late Victorian Page or Plato clock, fully hallmarked for London, England 1901. This mechanical marvel features celluloid leaves with handpainted numerals, the top dial for hours and the bottom for minutes. The mechanism flips each page over to tell the time, and it has a round case in sterling silver. Seen occasionally in brass and in lesser metals, silver is very rare and would have been extremely expensive in its day. It has bun feet, a handle and a cylinder of very thin glass for a window. It has retainers to keep the pages open and the winder and adjustment are on the bottom. It has the maker's mark for the Charles S Green & Co Ltd and it has had a professional case-off cleaning and adjusting, involving a complete piece-by-piece disassembly and reassembly. Other than the replacement of the original damaged celluloid page retainer with a hand-cut metal one and a crack and loss to the glass cylinder, this rare clock is in excellent working condition with no dents, bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs other than those noted above. Please note that the cracked glass doesn't show from the front when the clock is displayed. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Expedited tracked parcel shipping to Canada will be fully insured; shipping to the U.S. is by FedEx parcel for full insurance coverage. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: we DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1085473 (stock #6520)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1895.00
This is a classic 8-3/4" x 8-1/2" (top measurement) two-handled heavy brass Chinese censer dating to the late 17th-early 18th century. This censer weighs approximately four kilograms and it has the ornate two character Xuande mark on the bottom, and an interior six character Xuande mark. It is of superb style and quality, and it is in excellent condition with no dents, bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs other than the polishing off of most of the original patina, traces of which remains around the three feet and under the handles. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Surface tracked shipping to the U.S. starts at $30 (other spots may vary) - insured is higher, and mandatory on items over $95 if paid with a credit card. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. NOTE: we DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1940 item #1208832 (stock #6937)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1850.00
A vintage and magnificent pair of sterling silver three light candleabra by Mappin & Webb, Sheffield, England. These gorgeous Rococo style table lights stand 9" tall, they have their original detachable bobeches, and they are fully hallmarked for Sheffield 1931. This pair is in excellent condition with no dents, bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs other than a 1/2" scrape on one arm on one candle (barely noticeable). All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Insured and tracked shipping is by Canada Post or FedEx inside of Canada, and by Fedex insured and tracked outside of Canada - please email us for a quote with destination postal code. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1940 item #1103960 (stock #6590)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1650.00
A simple and elegant Art Deco design four piece sterling silver International tea set c1930s. It consists of the following: the 8" across the handle and spout and 6" high wicker handled teapot, stamped STERLING 2 PTs and 913 with the International plumed knight's helmet mark; the open sugar bowl, 4-1/2" across the handles and 2-1/8" high, stamped INTERNATIONAL STERLING c134, also with the knight's helmet mark; the cream jug, 3-1/2" across the handle and spout and 3" high, stamped INTERNATIONAL STERLING C 134 also with the knight's helmet mark. The tray is made by Towle and it is stamped TOWLE STERLING and 150. The set fits well and looks great on it, although it isn't the same maker (slight surface marks from the tea set). It measures 10-1/2" across, and has a raised straight rim that is 5/8" across and has a rolled edge. The edge curves down, approximately 5/8" deep, to an inner rim. This set is in excellent condition, with no dents, corrosion, monograms, repairs or damage. The set weighs 1074 grams (approximately 34.6 troy ounces or just over 38 avoirdupois ounces, or a bit over 2 pounds of sterling silver). It has a clean and elegant deco design that would fit beautifully in a modern decor. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Expedited tracked shipping to the U.S. starts at $50 (other spots may vary, xpresspost-air and Fedex are higher) - tracking and insurance are included in shipping quotes. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: we DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1231740 (stock #7009)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1595.00
A fine 19th century example of Japanese bronze work in the form of a huge high relief decorated plant pot. This impressive decorative item stands 13-1/2" high and it measures 11-1/2" across the open mouth. The patina is dark and rich (and somewhat lightened in our photographs to show detail), and it features perching and flying birds and floral branches, a decorated collar and incised decoration. It has an applied signature planchet on the bottom, it weighs 19.6 pounds, and it has some patina inside from use. It is in excellent condition with no dents, bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs except for a minor bend on the footrim. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. This item is large and heavy and shipping will depend on your location - please contact us for shipping quotes. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1837 VR item #1227955 (stock #6991)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1500.00
A high quality late 18th-early 19th century Chinese Canton enamel bowl on bronze with original gilding c1800. This lobed 7-3/4" x 6-1/4" beauty stands 3-1/8" high; the hand enamelling is particularly fine, done to the Chinese taste, and the rim retains much of its original gilding. The interior is a pale water blue enamel, the bottom is speckled white, and the upper rim has a Greek key design border. This bowl is in superb original condition, with no cracks, scrapes, dents, bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs other than a slight touch of wear to the gilding on the edges and some minor discolouration spots to the interior enamel. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Expedited tracked and insured parcel shipping to the U.S. starts at $38 (other spots may vary, air is higher). Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Watercolor : Pre 1900 item #1244365 (stock #7048)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1,500.00
A fine, high quality watercolour painting by William Armstrong (1822-1914, Toronto Canada). Regarded in high esteem and represented in important collections and galleries, his paintings of Toronto and the Great Lakes are quite famous. This example appears to be tall bluffs with buildings and a beached sailing vessel being serviced. Sight size is 10" x 6-1/4" and it is loosely matted in a later 15-1/4 x 12-3/4" painted wood frame. It is signed ARMSTRONG 92 in the lower right and this artwork is in excellent condition with no foxing, tears, fading, losses, damage or repairs other than a small surface deposit of some sort on the surface of the paper to the right of the mast (we haven't tried to remove it). All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1930 item #1034176 (stock #6359)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1495.00
A stunning vintage Art Deco period bar pin in 14k white gold with diamonds and cultured pearls c1920-30. This 2-1/8" brooch has a barrel clasp, it is unmarked but tested and it comes with a recent conservative independent gemmologist appraisal. The diamonds include: one European cut diamond .58ct SI-2 I-J colour, two old rose cut diamonds SI H-I colour 0.30ct total, and four cultured pearls (two each of 4mm and 3.2mm); the pin weighs 4.3 grams and it has an older independent appraisal for $3,000 CAD. This item is in excellent original condition with no chips, cracks, dents, bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are secondhand and may have slight signs of gentle use. Shipping is tracked insured post or tracked insured FedEx. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : French : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1112938 (stock #6622)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1295.00
An amazing and massive pair of mid-19th century French porcelain 19" covered mantle urns, made by M.S. Claus, France. They are fully hand painted and in the Meissen style, and both are extravagantly festooned with hand-formed and applied flowers and leaves. Each is topped with a similarly decorated lid, topped with a figure of a child. The colours are bright and vivid and they have the crossed swords mark for Claus and a 1777 pattern number. Each has had some restoration - the child with the umbrella finial has a repaired and repainted base and the lid has a large firing crack (on the interior edge and not visible when on display). It also has some gold wear to the lid's rim, and the base has a large area of restoration and painting to the upper rim and a firing crack to the outer shoulder. The other urn's lid has a similar interior firing crack, and the base has a similar repair to its rim as well (which also has a crack on the repaired area). Each urn has some minor expected chipping and losses to the flowers, and this pair is in very good/reasonable condition with a good appearance, and they could be completely restored if desired. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Surface tracked shipping to the U.S. starts at $85 (other spots may vary, air is higher) - tracking and insurance are included in shipping quotes. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: we DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1170597 (stock #6813)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1295.00
A fine English Georgian period matching pair of soft paste porcelain cake baskets or bowls, made by Derby, England c1800-25 (later known as Royal Crown Derby). These 11" x 8-1/4" baskets have the red painted Derby mark of this period, and they feature wonderful floral hand painted sprays and gilding. This pair is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, staining, repairs or damage other than some minor loss to a bit of overglaze painting on one bowl (restorable) and some overall fine crazing. We seldom see pairs of fine cake baskets from this period any more. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Expedited tracked and insured parcel shipping to the U.S. starts at $35 (other spots may vary, air is higher). Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: we DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1219394 (stock #6968)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1295.00
It's a shame that such beautiful, old, and historical items are hitting the melting pot in a distressingly frequent way. Here's a chance to own such a prized item. This is a genuine English sterling silver William IV teapot fully hallmarked for London, England 1837. This table serving piece measures 11-1/4" from spout to handle and it has a wonderful bolt-mounted floral finial. It has fine leaf and flower repousse decoration throughout and it stands on four fancy feet. It has the maker's mark for Edward, Edward Jr., John and W. Barnard and it weighs an impressive 810 grams. This excellent survivor is in very good condition with no bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs other than a dent on one panel at the shoulder and some looseness at the insulating spacer at the top of the handle from an old repair (the handle wobbles). All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Tracked insured shipping within Canada is by XPressPost or Fed Ex, and by Fed Ex to the rest of the world. Please contact us for an accurate shipping and insurance quote. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Canadian : Pre 1910 item #1039430 (stock #6385)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1,195.00
A lovely pair of oil on panel paintings c1900 by Charles MacDonald Manly (Canadian, 1855-1924) ARCA, OSA. Born in England, he came to Canada at an early age. He returned to Europe to study at the Metropolitan School of Art, Dublin (1881-84). On his return to Canada, he became a founding member of the Toronto Arts Students League. He was an active member of the ARCA (Royal Canadian Academy of Art) and the OSA (Ontario Society of Artists, president in 1903). Highly regarded as a teacher, illustrator, painter and engraver, his works are in the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada and the Dominion Gallery in Montreal, among others. Chiefly known for his watercolours, he was an able painter in both oil and watercolour as well as an accomplished pen and ink illustrator; he also did lithographs and pastels. These paintings were done around 1900 (and framed in the 1960s-70s). The water rapids scene is untitled (sight size 8" x 5-1/2", frame 13-1/2" x 11") and the other is titled "On the Don" (sight size 8" x 5-5/8", frame size 13" x 10-3/4"). The inscription on the back describes the Don River in Toronto, and the ink inscription also says "By C.M. Manly, A.R.C.A. F.H. Brigden executa" (Frederick Brigden was a friend and fellow member of the TASL and OSA, with whom Manly went on sketching trips in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes from 1894-1906, so presumably Frederick Brigden did the preliminary sketch for that painting). Both paintings are signed on the front C.M.M. These works of art are in excellent original condition with no craquelure, tears, soiling, fading, frame damage, losses, damage or repairs. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted. Surface tracked shipping to the continental U.S. is $27 (other spots may vary) - insured is higher, and mandatory on items over $85 if paid with a credit card. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT accept PayPal.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1021350 (stock #6398)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$1095.00
A great example of 19th century English silverwork. This is a 10-1/2" x 8-1/2" ball-footed swing-handle serving basket fully hallmarked for Sheffield, England 1895-6. Made by James Dixon & Sons, this basket has ornate repousse decoration in the bowl as well as attractive design to the thick handle. It has a presentation inscription in the centre, as it was presented as a gift in September 1896, and it weighs an impressive 595 grams. This item is in excellent condition with no dents, bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Surface shipping to the U.S. starts at $31 (other spots may vary) - insurance and tracking is included in shipping quotes. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: we DO NOT accept PayPal.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Music : Records : Rock and Roll : Pre 1980 item #1260607 (stock #02482)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$975.00
DESCRIPTION: An original swirl Vertigo UK copy of the rare and highly regarded psych/rock/prog 1970 album Affinity, featuring the great vocals of Linda Hoyle. Considered one of the top rarities, this copy is as close to mint as you'll find - a truly remarkable copy (I know, everybody says that about theirs but in this case it's true). Check out Progarchives for details. Vertigo 6360 004, fold open cover.
-COVER: foc, 9-1/2 (M-) slrubs crnrs/open edges, mnrabrasions top lhs inside cvr vvsl signs slide wr on side lighting only. Clean, undamaged, undefaced (inked initials inside cvr). NOTE: imports were never sold sealed. Records were sold from shelves behind counters (you brought the cover to the counter) so finding near mint covers is RARE.
-DISC: VISUAL: 9 slsrfscffs, slstylusmks from play in leadouts, slslvscffs, lots of orig lustre AUDIO: 9-1/2 no wr, plays great and cleanly
-LABELS: 9-1/2 vvsl spdl mks
- NOTE: generic Vertigo record sleeve not present

CONDITION ABBREVIATIONS and NOTES: MINT (as issued) is 10, with each post-manufacture flaw subtracted from this rating - slight flaws are 1/2 point each, typical flaws are 1 point each, severe acceptable flaws are 2 points. Please note that factory flaws are listed when applicable however they do not lower the condition ratings.
min - minor
sl- slight
vsl- very slight
vvsl -very very slight
dnap -does not affect play
spdlmks -spindle marks
coh-cutout hole (delete, overstock)
cr- crease
wr -writing imptm- small impressed timing totals (S1, S2 plus total, not inked)
tric -scotch tape/tape residue inside cover pouch (where poly outer sleeve secured to cover, not visible on exterior)
fc- front cover
bc -back cover
ic -inside cover
foc -fold open cover
csl -cover slit (delete or overstock cover cut
smsplt -seam split
lbl -label
scf -scuff (dnap)
pprscf- paper sleeve scuff (dnap)
scr- scratch(es)
tr -tear
cnrbmp -corner/edge bump
rw -ring wear
wrp -warp
lbllnr -generic label liner
lysht- lyric sheet
orinnr -original inner sleeve
pstr -poster
bk -booklet

This record is part of a large, top quality collection full of rarities amassed over 49 years - most are in near mint condition and have been archivally stored (plastic inner and outer sleeves) and played on high-end equipment. All records are original pressings with all original inserts and sleeves unless noted; each and every flaw or alteration from new is listed and accurately graded, with no need for vague and subjective Goldmine-style gradings although these may be included for reference. All gradings are visual unless noted; audible spot-play grading (when required) is on high-end equipment. We have been buying and selling music for over 40 years - you can buy with confidence. LP albums are shipped in proper record mailers. All records should be cleaned with a Nitty Gritty or other professional cleaner for optimum performance.

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All Items : Fine Art : Drawings : Pen : Pre 1910 item #628183 (stock #5290)
Fiona Kenny Antiques
$950.00
We are proud to offer this original preliminary ink sketch by the famed American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944), the creator of the Gibson Girl. He first came to eminence as the foremost magazine illustrator of his time in the late 19th century, later in life he turned completely to painting. His long and illustrious career takes more room than alloted here to discuss, and is well covered elsewhere on the Internet. This item is a 22" x 15-1/2" preliminary ink study on paper of his "The Weaker Sex" illustration. The hair is done in characteristic fashion but the inking is more simplistic, and the magnifying glass is not as finely detailed as in the final work, which in the final version has a fourth woman in the upper right hand corner. His signature (Charles Gibson) is visible in the shadow area beneath the arm of the woman holding the magnifying glass. On the back of the drawing No. 84 and Mrs (or Miss) Drew is written in pencil. Besides the fact that he apparently was working out the details of the shadows under the arm, he most likely deliberately drew lines over the signature as this piece does not have the perfection of his finished work. The paper is a slightly heavy thickness of sketch pad paper; it is framed in a black-painted wood frame with gilding (minor paint spots and a couple of dings to the frame). Some notes on condition: there are some creases, a tear in the upper left, a few scratches to the paper surface, some brown foxing and some spotting and a water stain on the right hand side. A rarity and an interesting example of a great work in progress. This item is in very good original condition with the condition issued noted above. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are secondhand and may have slight signs of gentle use. Securely packed surface shipping to the continental U.S. is $35 (other spots may vary) - insured is higher, and mandatory on items over $85 if paid with a credit card. Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US.