Folk art painting on canvas, depicting a little girl with brown eyes and ringlets, wearing a triple strand coral necklace and lace dress with red sash, seated in a red painted chair with yellow trim, and holding fruit. 28″ x 19 1/2″ unframed. Provenance: Painting has descended in the Moran family of Woodland Farm in Williamson County, TN, which included the cabinetmaker Charles Moran. Charles Moran was born in Gates, North Carolina in 1794 and established a cabinetmaking shop in Franklin, Tennessee circa 1820. The subject is unknown, as is the painter. CONDITION: Original canvas, attached to original stretcher with square nails; a strip of faux leather has been applied with round nails around the perimeter of the stretcher edge, with 10″ strip missing along the top edge. Less than a dozen tiny pinprick sized holes to canvas affecting finger, neck, collar, sleeve and chair, with remaining holes in background. 2″ scratch across bridge of nose, and a 1/8″ flake to lip. 1″ scuff line at center left edge of canvas. General overall surface grime and darkening. Black light reveals no inpainting or alterations.
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