Marie Garay (French, 1861-1953) oil on mahogany panel interior scene painting depicting a woman in fine 18th century clothing, knitting, while seated in a Louis XV style giltwood chair with her back to the viewer. Another finely dressed lady leans over her shoulder and a footman holds a skein of yarn, while a basket of yarn occupies the center foreground. The room's luxurious 18th century style furnishings, including fauteuils, screens, clock and porcelain urns, are rendered in close detail. Signed M. de Garay lower right. Vielle Paris art supply store stenciled label en verso of panel. Later parcel gilt molded frame. 21" H x 25 1/2" W panel, 27 1/2" x 31 1/2" frame. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with some restoration. The painted frames in the doorway flouresce under UV light raising a question of possible later addition. Scattered inpaint upper left corner of floor screen. 2 inch scratch upper center, right quadrant, in area of wall paneling, with some overpaint. Overpainting to most of top edge, likely to cover losses from where frame rubbed against it. Infill painting to 1 inch scratch extending from upper left edge.
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