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Birthday Portrait Full of symbolism

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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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