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Birthday Portrait

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A charming portrait of a young child dating from circa 1800.

 

Full of symbolism and perhaps painted as a birthday commission; the held domino showing the viewer the three dots which may indicate the child's age.

 

Scattered around are more dominoes amongst Chinese mother-o-pearl gaming counters including fish.

 

The child holds a foxes tail on a stick and wears a silver rattle and whistle with a coral teething peg; coral being considered a protector of children and women against illnesses ranging from stomachaches to smallpox.

 

English circa 1800, within a fine giltwood and gesso frame, original or period to the painting. 

 

o.s: 34.5 in x 43.5 in

 

Item Code: 4047

£ 6800

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