I have always been thrilled when I find an antique treasure when I am not even looking. Today, while running errands in my hometown of Hermosa Beach, I happened upon this charming antique painting at a tiny charity resale shop. The painted lady is so lovely and just perfect with Valentine's Day right around the corner.
She is dressed in a soft lace gown. A sun bonnet tied with a ribbon rests upon her shoulder. As she gazes off, daydreaming of her suitor, she holds a love letter that is for his eyes only.
My fair lady leans on a large tree and soft pink climbing roses surround it's base. In the background the trees, grasses, wood fence and pond add a peaceful surrounding for her romantic thoughts.
This painting probably dates from the first decade of the 1900's, in my estimate. With no signature or reference on the reverse I must attribute this painting to an unknown artist. Although she is in less than perfect condition, after a light cleaning she will be a lovely addition to any decor. I will save her for the Le Potager "April in Paris Flea Market", which is just a few months away. Happy hunting everyone!