Continental School, 19th century. "Portrait of A Refined Lady", oil on canvas, apparently unsigned. Painting depicts a young brunette beauty with curled hair held back by blue scarf, dressed in a gown of purple and white silk with jeweled buttons, and draped in a cape of turquoise silk, sitting in front of a black hanging drape with a sliver of wooded landscape peeking out on the left. Framed 43" x 33.75", unframed 37.75" x 28.25".
Finely rendered painting has been relined. Under black light examination, scattered retouching on figure's face including mustache and cheek. Scattered craquelure commensurate with age, however, paint layer appears to be stable. Two losses on side of frame. Frame may be original to work. Minor loss of paint lower right edge. No other signs of damage, loss or repair.