This is a beautiful antique Victorian crystoleum print on concave glass, circa 1880 in date.
It depicts a Georgian interior scene of a young mother and daughter reclining on a Regency chaise lounge with large pots of flowers and a screen in the background.
The picture is framed in a gilded frame.
In excellent condition. As antique items, the pieces show signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues with the frame which are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs the picture looks delightful..
Dimensions in cm:
Height 24 x Width 33 x Depth 2.5 – Frame
Height 17 x Width 26 – Picture
Dimensions in inches:
Height 9.4 x Width 13.0 x Depth 1.0 – Frame
Height 6.7 x Width 10.2 – Picture
The crystoleum from “crystal” + “oleum” (oil), process was a method of applying colour to an albumen print, popular from c.1880 to c.1910.
An albumen print was pasted face down to the inside of a concave piece of glass. Once the adhesive (usually starch paste or gelatin) was dry, the paper backing of the print was rubbed away, leaving only the transparent emulsion on the glass.
The image was then coloured by hand, using oil paints. Another piece of glass was added to the back and this could also be coloured by hand. Both pieces of glass were bound together creating a detailed, albeit fragile, image. The process was derived from the 18th-century mezzotint process.
Our reference: 09372 b