CHARLES LA FONTAINE
Active 19th Century
A CLASSICAL BEAUTY
signed CH LA FONTAINE (lower right)
oil on canvas
46¼ by 32⅛ in.
117.5 by 81.6 cm
Original unlined condition. Minor surface dirt and dust with a few isolated pin dot accretions. There is widely patterend craquelure across the picture surface. There is frame abrasion along the right, upper left and upper edges. A faint vertical stretcher bar mark runs the height of the work through the figure. Under UV: there are widely scattered finely applied dashes and pin dots of retouching and inpainting to address prior craquelure across the picture surface. There is a brushier area of inpainting above the figure's proper right knee and broader inpaniting scattered along the edges. Ready to hang in its current state.
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