Continental oil on board painting depicting Shylock, a Venetian Jewish moneylender and principal antagonist from William Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice”. He is depicted at a table, his arms and hands attempting to shield the contents of a chest of gold and jewelry from view, before a stained glass window and a painting of a battle scene. Signed “C. Fessini or Fessand” lower right. Housed in a Spanish style gilt and gesso frame. Sight – 21″ H x 17″ W. Framed – 29 3/4″ H x 25 3/4″ W. Likely 18th century. Provenance: The Estate of Larry Casey, Jackson, Tennessee. CONDITION: Good, stable condition. Flouresence to face and around skull cap when examined under blacklight, also some varnish run. – 1/2″ vertical scratch top center. Series of scratches, 3″ x 3″ area, lower right corner. Abrasions and losses to the frame, primarily lower left edge molding, approx. 7 1/2″. Cracks to corners of frame.
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