Antique Pastel After John Russell (Lady), 33.5″ x 38.25″, Ornate Frame, PA4255
Antique Pastel After John Russell (Lady), 33.5″ x 38.25″
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Picture has to be professionally packed and insured, so call before purchase and we can get a shipping cost based on zip code. Thanks! Antique pastel of an 18th Century lady. The pictures do not do her justice. She is incredibly well done. We actually thought we had a Vigee’ Le Brun original. After consulting with my expert colleague from Sotheby’s Mark Griffith-Jones, we believe this fine pastel to be done after the famous pastelist John Russell (1745-1806). We believe this to have been done in the late 19th century. Artist unknown. The original owner told us the was exhibited in the 1900 Paris World Exposition. Here is a copy of the letter from Mr. Griffith-Jones:
Thank you very much for your email. My colleague Chris Apostle has forwarded it onto me, as I concentrate on works on paper at Sotheby’s. To my mind, your pastel is very unlikely to be by Vigée Le Brun. Further to this, I am of the opinion (from the photographs provided) that the work was drawn late into the 19th century. I think the artist was looking closely at the work of the British 18th Century pastelist John Russell (1745-1806) . It is interesting that the work was exhibited in the Paris 1900 exhibition. This was a very large scale exhibition, which presented a diverse selection of works. In terms of value, I would suggest that the work is decorative but worth no than $10,000 at auction. I hope that this email is useful and I look forward to assisting in the future.
Yours sincerely, Mark Mark Griffith-Jones
British Watercolours, Drawings and Portrait Miniatures Sotheby’s,
This jewel is also in a spectacular antique frame. Just gorgeous. Measurements: Framed 33.5″W x 38.25″H x 4.5″thick. Visible art itself 20.5″W x 25.5″H.
Antique Pastel After John Russell
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