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Old Master 17th/18th Century Oil Painting

  Lot # 001
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Original 17th/18th Century Old Master Oil Painting depicts an interior Portrait Scene of an Older Woman and Young Girl. This was bought by the previous owner in 1970 in New Orleans. Significant research has been done in order to identify the artist. However, all research has been exhausted without success. The previous owner had received several offers from both Christies and Sotheby's Auction House in the past. A photographic copy of the letter has been included in the photographs with all personal information crossed out in order to confirm that an estimated value was placed at $8000.00 - $12,000.00 by the Department Head of Old Master Paintings at Christies. Due to a Sticker that is on one of the two paintings being offered, it is believed that these two paintings were possibly once in the private collection of both a New Orleans Resident by the name of O'Ferrall and the personal collection of L. Earl Rowe who was the first director of the Rhode Island School of Design from 1913 - 1929 and the first Museum Director from 1929 - 1937. He also worked at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston prior to coming to the Rhode Island School of Design. It is possible that he had possession of the paintings or owned them personally.  This lot consists of only this particular painting and the companion piece is offered in Lot #1-A. 

The painting has a paste lining which is done in Europe and I do know during this time period, paintings were always lined. This painting is on a plain weave canvas and there is a herringbone weave on back which suggest that this was at one time restored. This has a natural resin varnish. This most likely is not on original Stretcher. There is no flaking and very little color loss. Some areas of loss have been painted over. Obviously the previous owner never replaced the frame that was not the original frame but believed that the former owner who the previous owner purchased this from had put on. 


History of Rhode Island School of Design

RISD was founded and nurtured by a small group of women more than 40 years before women in America even gained the right to vote. That year Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf urged 34 members of the Rhode Island Women’s Centennial Commission to invest their group’s surplus funding of $1,675—which they had raised for RI’s contribution to the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876—in founding a school of art and design (instead of building a public fountain, one of the other options on the table).The idea behind the college was driven by the desire to support the state’s thriving textiles and jewelry industries in particular, with the first courses of study offered at RISD addressing two main areas: Freehand Drawing and Painting and Mechanical Drawing and Design. Under Metcalf’s able leadership, the women who founded RISD embarked on a radical experiment that set a precedent for its ongoing commitment to challenging expectations.  In pouring her time, energy, vision and funds into running the institution and ensuring its survival, Metcalf was joined by her daughter Eliza Radeke, who from 1913–31 was the first woman to serve as RISD's president. An avid and eclectic collector, Radeke worked closely with artists, dealers and museum directors to develop the RISD Museum's extensive collection and funded the construction of the gallery that connects Pendleton House to the 1926 museum building named in her honor. Radeke was then succeeded by her niece Helen Metcalf Danforth, who was president from 1931–47 before serving RISD's first Board of Trustees chair from 1947–65. It was during her tenure that RISD earned the right to grant college degrees (as opposed to certificates) in 1932 and became a fully accredited college in 1949.

  • Condition Very Good for age but please see description
  • Size 24"H x 20"W
  • Location Family Room
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  • Lot # 001
  • System ID # 44172435
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