Antique Early 19th Century European Interior Scene, Oil on Canvas. Art through the ages has echoed many societal messages that get overlooked by the general viewer. The painter Jan Steen comes to mind when you compare his 17th century Dutch paintings with this 19th century adaptive piece. Small nuances in both painters' works, like a mouse, barely visible in the foreground here, start to emerge. For the early Dutch, painters used devices like this to subtly describe their subjects. Don't even ask what citrus peels on one's floor revealed! The woman pictured here, appears to be examining something with the help of her maid who holds the magnifying glass. We digress. This piece does require some attention--minimal repair and a good cleaning. Who knows what mysteries could be uncovered?
Approximate Dimensions: 25"W X 28"H x 1 1/4"D (overall size of frame) Frame is fine walnut; gessoed fillet is crumbled in spots.