An early 18th Century English School antique oil on canvas family group portrait.
This is rare subject matter with the figures depicted sitting on caned walnut chairs in a garden setting, possibly a folly. The gentleman pours his wine into a baluster-stem wine glass from an onion-shaped bottle. There are no forks on the table, just sabre-knives. A lobster is served on a pewter serving dish with other pewter plates set and a master table salt too. The gentleman appears to be entertaining two ladies whilst a servant carries a glass away from the table and a peasant looks on from beyond and a dog plays in the foreground.
The sitters and artist are unknown.
Condition – Offered in unrestored, attic found condition. Unframed with paint losses and traces of overpainting too. Verso, there are a couple of old patch repairs and the painting has been relined historically. If restored, this would no doubt reveal a very interesting period painting. A further detailed condition report is available upon request.
Size: Height 73.7 cm (29 1/4″) x Width 56.5 cm (23 1/4″)
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