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Premier Auction - Session II - September 16, 2023

Sat, Sep 16, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 1016

Lady in Red Dress Folk Portrait

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Bid Increments

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$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

(American, 19th century)

Lady with Unusual Jewelry, unsigned, oil on canvas, 26-1/2 x 20-1/2 in.; period carved gilt wood frame, 30 x 24 in.

Provenance: Private Collection, Asheville, North Carolina

Note: The specific iconography of the sitter's jewelry is unknown.  While the anchor and cornucopia are well known symbols, the use of them together is still a mystery. In this portrait, the pendant is tucked to one side, defying gravity to rest over her heart, revealing the brooch underneath, which also bears a mysterious symbol. Is she perhaps pointing to a companion portrait of a loved one? Do the symbols refer to him? A secret society? 


linen lined, crackle, evidence of repaired tears with subsequent retouch, area of repair near hand with lifting paint; frame with wear and abrasions, commensurate with age

Private Collection, Asheville, North Carolina