Pair Antique 19thC Colonial Aristocrat Man Woman Oil Canvas Sheldon Peck Attrib. Today we have the opportunity to offer you a wonderful pair of framed oil on canvas antique portraits, attributed to renowned portraiteur Sheldon Peck. Sheldon Peck (1797 - 1868) was an American folk artist, who is also known for being a conductor on the Underground Railroad and a social activist. Peck's portraiture holds a distinctive style and is a primary example of 19th century American folk art. From his unconventional portrait setup to his rich backgrounds and talent painting even the finest of fabrics, Peck's work is sought after for its singularity and elegance.
This beautifully-executed oil on canvas pair of elegant portraits is masterfully painted, unsigned, but clearly done in Peck's iconic and unique style (Peck was known to frequently leave his work unsigned, but of course this could also have been done by one of his better protégés). A young and rich New England Colonial most likely Boston. Couple, with aristocratic features and fine clothing are set against rich heavy crimson curtains; a subtle indication of the privilege and class of their station in life (and typical of virtually all Peck portraits). The refined young gentleman wears a fine, bespoke tailored black coat with wide lapels, open just enough at the neck to reveal a high silk collar and matching thick, cream colored silk cravat. His dark brown eyes are offset by thick, dark arching brows.
His hair is dark and wavy, and his expression, though unsmiling, is pleasant. This was clearly a very handsome man. Books in the background of his portrait indicate he was well-educated, probably an Ivy League graduate.
The elegant wife wears a black, wide-neck gown with stylish mutton sleeves, but the truly breathtaking details lie in her head covering. The artist has masterfully painted what must have been a translucent, fine European lace bonnet with a double-layered scalloped hem that extends past her collarbone and over her shoulders. Bright accents along the edges of the bonnet and across the cap indicate fine embroidery. Her chestnut brown hair is visible beneath the fabric, a testament to the artist's skill. Thin arching eyebrows frame her piercing blue eyes, which are set in an intelligent gaze at the viewer.If he is a handsome man, she is undoubtedly his perfect counterpart, a refined beauty in her time. Though unsigned, these paintings' heavy draping in the background, along with their unique style, would be enough to attribute these works to Peck. But the biggest indicator is the placement of the portraits. Conventional style at the time was to place the woman on the left, the man on the right, with their backs to one another. Peck was well-known for placing the woman on the right, as these portraits are designed to be displayed. Both portraits are professionally set in period appropriate, bespoke wooden frames. They are coved and beveled, with a. An inner hand-carved wooden border with draped and floral detailing is done in silver gilt. The majesty of the border combined with the classic simplicity of the ebonized frame speaks to old world elegance and tasteful wealth. Portraits are offered in beautiful antique condition, with minor display wear and patina commensurate with age and display. The frames have some loss of finish and gilding, but this is nothing that could not be easily remedied if you want to display them with a less antique look. We found the patina charming, but you may wish to do more. Out of respect for their age, the paintings were not removed from their frames for perimeter inspection. Aintings have some surface crazing and scattered minute areas of loss, along with minor in-painting. A later restoration re-lined the back of the paintings with Masonite boards, guaranteeing stability. Please review all photos, and don't hesitate to bring us any questions you may have. Perhaps you'll find a way to positively attribute them at which point you'll have "stolen" them! This is a great opportunity to own a pair of beautiful paintings attributed to a prominent, very talented, New England artist. These rare and lovely portraits are ready to be hung and enjoyed. Fresh to the market from a prominent Newport, RI estate art collection! Dimensions each/framed: 31-1/4" length, 32-7/8" in height, appx 2" in depth Dimensions each/artwork: 25-3/4" in length, 27-1/4 in height. LOCAL PICK-UP AVAILABLE IN PAWTUCKET, RI.
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