English School oil on canvas painting depicting a young woman with dark ringlets and wearing a black, off the shoulder dress, seated against a red drapery backdrop. Unsigned. Housed in a giltwood frame with fishscale surface and carved corner elements, stamped "Moseley, Carver & Gilder " and "Clements, Patent" en verso. British, circa 1830. Sight – 23 1/4" H x 17 1/4" W. Framed – 30" H x 24" W. Second quarter 19th century. Note: Frame maker Robert Moseley was active in Derby for more than 50 years, trading in partnership with George Tunnicliffe, c.1808-19, Walter James Moore, c.1826-27, and his nephew Henry Moseley, 1841-46, but otherwise independently. Robert Moseley was known for his wide-ranging interests and his links to the London trade where 'Moselys corners' were used in frame making by one leading maker. He was appointed as a carver and gilder to the King in 1828, an unusual distinction for a maker outside the capital. (source: https://www.npg.org.uk/research/conservation/directory-of-british-framemakers/m). CONDITION: Overall craquelure, stretcher marks to perimeter of canvas. Areas of blistering, largest 1 3/4", to drapery. Possibly relined with areas of inpainting. Areas of loss, largest 1/8", primarily to lower quadrant. Areas of loss, largest 1", age cracks to frame. Areas of loss, largest 30" x 3/4", to gilt on exterior of frame.
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