Scarce Antique American Folk Silhouette of Gent with Painted Body
  • Another unusual American folk silhouette of a man with a painted body. He is similar to the easier to find bust-length with an uncut collar and hollow-cut head and shoulder….except this one is painted to the bust termination. He’s wonderful with nicely cut profile with teeny tiny cut eyelash and a slight double chin. The hair is softly painted with a light hand. The collar cut high on his face. The striped on white waistcoat draws your eye. The rolled jacket collar is a slightly darker shade of black with the jacket body being emphasized with light shade and brush strokes as well as tiny buttons which is another nice pop of color. It’s just a really good, unusual silhouette that will put your collection a bit apart from the usual. He is in good condition with expected toning and a couple of light white spots on his jacket lapel towards the bottom and on his collar that runs a little bit onto the original blackened paper behind the silhouette. The blackened paper has a few tiny scratches—but, hey, it’s hard to find them with the original watercolor or India ink blackened paper! He resides in a period stamped brass frame with oval portal and spandrel corners. The oval portal has a little bending and cracks from about 12 o’clock to 2 o’clock. The frame appears to have been overpainted with gold paint long ago. The paint has some craquelure and wear—the patina is quite nice. Circa 1830.

    #5987    $595