Large 1920s portrait painting by John Holiver. Displayed in the 1927 Ohio State Fair Exhibit of Fine Arts. The oil painting displays an attractive young lady in pearls with a friend having tea. The portrait painting resides in a gilded frame. There’s a small repair on the back of the canvas with a small area of in-painting just to the right of the young lady in green. The young woman in the foreground has a thin surface scratch on her left arm. Some minor wear to the edges of the gilded frame. On the rear is a sticker from the Ohio State Fair Exhibit of Fine Arts with the name of the artist and a date. There’s no signature or date present on the canvas. Click for more details.
Offering a gorgeous 1920s near life size portrait of a young woman, by Karl Anderson (1874-1956). Signed and dated 1924. Pastel and Charcoal on natural coloured paper. Framed in mahogany with the original wavy glass present. Karl Anderson used a very simple palette in most of his drawings, consisting of black, red and white. His works can be found around the world in museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art & the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The artwork has been examined inside the frame with a loupe. For more details, click here.
Large portrait painting by Aiden Lassell Ripley (American, 1896-1969) of Lexington, Massachusetts. Untitled. Watercolour signed and dated 1935. The portrait painting displays an attractive young lady in outdoor or riding attire. It has not been examined outside the frame, but it’s possible there’s a name or title on the rear. This painting was acquired in Western Massachusetts, so it’s likely the background scenery is of the Berkshires. Painted in late autumn or winter of 1935. The colours are vibrant for a watercolour of this age, with no age related issues. Fantastic details and composition. No damage to the watercolour. The mat has some spotting and a small light stain on the bottom right side corner. The portrait is framed in a large intricate gilded frame. Some minor water damage to the plaster of the gilded frame along the bottom portion, with a few small pieces of missing plaster. The portrait painting can hang as it is, or the watercolour can be re-matted and the gilded frame repaired.
Dimensions: 32.5″ x 38.5″ (window 19.5″ x 24″)
Aiden Lassell Ripley was an American artist and conservationist, known for his outdoor scenery and commissioned paintings. He worked in both watercolour and oil paint. Many of his works reside in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum and other prominent American museums.
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Offering an exceptionally beautiful early 20th century portrait of a seated young lady in traditional 19th century Dutch dress. The oil painting is rather large at 38″ x 38.25″ framed. Unframed it measures approximately 31″ x 31″. The signature is unknown, with the initials “MW” visible. The painter was very skilled, with excellent knowledge of composition, shadow, colour and proportion. The subject is painted with a fairly tight style, with looser brush strokes in the background.
The painting is in excellent antique condition, with a couple of very small minor scratches to the upper left of her head. There is a small hole in the middle of the orange necklace, which is approximately .25″ in diameter and only noticeable on close inspection. The overall paint surface is free of any major cracks, with only minor craquelure on the lefthand side in the white painted sleeve. A very old repair is present on the rear righthand side upper corner, with a small patch done properly. Only on very close inspection can you see a slight inconsistency of the paint texture and colour around the old repair. As for the frame, there is plaster loss at the corners and some minor scratches. Overall excellent antique condition.
Offering an early 20th century (1900-1910) antique oil painting of two gentlemen and a young butler. Unsigned, but this was generally the case with many portraits from this era. The original frame, which is no longer present, would have displayed a brass plate with the family name and the artists details. This portrait was painted by a highly skilled painter, with an excellent grasp of using loose brush strokes for a formal painting. A very desirable style, showing great skill. The artist was very gifted and likely schooled in Europe. This painting was obtained in the New York City area.
The condition of the painting is excellent, with no areas of significant damage. A very fine example with some creases showing the stretcher from behind. It has a beautiful clean finish and a glossy older varnish present, which has protected the paint. The frame is suited well to the painting, but not the original frame.
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Offering a portrait of a handsome little fellow in a sailors outfit. Painted in 1947 and shows very well in it’s original Art Deco frame. The painting style is loose and comfortable. Great use of light and shadow. The colours are bright and the surface is clean. No noticeable cracks or rips in the canvas. A very well painted portrait with a natural sparkle in the subjects eyes. There is some texture to the paint surface, as the painting was done on a textured canvas.
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