This is a charming antique Victorian crystoleum print on concave glass, with the copyright of Franz Hanfstaengl 1901 and signed indecipherable.
It depicts a young maiden dressed in Georgian period costume with flowers in her hair holding her pug with a sign beware set in a classical backdrop.
The picture features its original beautiful mahogany frame with fluted detail.
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 it displays beautifully.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 35 x Width 27 x Depth 2 – Frame
Height 25 x Width 17 – Picture
Dimensions in inches:
Height 13.8 x Width 10.6 x Depth 0.8 – Frame
Height 9.8 x Width 6.7 – 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: 09372d