Wednesday, April 20, 2016

An Afternoon of Art II: Georgian and Regency

Linore Rose Burkard

Last month, I invited you to an armchair stroll, an afternoon of art, as I shared some of the photos I'd taken of beautiful paintings and sculptures from the Dayton Institute of Art's collection. This month, as promised, I'm posting more from the Institute, but only images from their Georgian or Regency Era collections.

(Please bear with my photos--I didn't take them with the intention of sharing publicly, but realized belatedly that others would enjoy them.)

American PIER TABLE c.1810-20
Wood with mahogany veneer, marble top, alabaster columns, gilt bronze ormolu and mirror.
(If you look closely, you'll see my legs reflected in the mirrored section!)

"The Pier table was inspired by the Empire style, a late 18th-to early 19th-century French style introduced during the rule of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in France, which became popular in the United States after 1810.  It is best characterized by its classical and stately features, including beautiful wood, elegant columns, animal-paw feet, and elaborate, gilded acanthus-leaf ornamentation. This majestic furniture style was popular well into the mid-19th century." 

My two cents: This is truly classic Regency style! 

Oil on canvas, by Ammi Phillips (1788-1855)
"Folk artist Ammi Phillips was born in Colebrook, Connecticut and began painting portraits throughout the region by 1811. A decade later, the period in which this image of Jane Ann was completed while the artist was working in Dutchess County, New York, his portraits became more sophisticated due in part to his interest in realism and the natural world. Phillips also began to experiment with dark backgrounds, which provided a dramatic contrast to this sitter's pale skin."

My two cents: Notice the lower waist line and wide sleeves, elaborate curls and poufed hair--definitely late Regency style. George IV (previously the Regent) would reign for one more year after this portrait was painted. He died  January, 1830.    

This is earlier than the previous portrait, definitely Georgian. Unfortunately my photo of the provenance for this portrait did not come out, so I can give no information regarding the artist, location it was painted, or exact year. 

by Ralph Earl, (1751-1801) American
"A portrait painter, Ralph Earl was a prominent southern New England portraitist who carried on the high standards set by John Singleton Copley. (1738-1815). Earl was trained in England.

The little brass plate (which you can see along the inset of the frame on the bottom) says, "MICHEL."
Unfortunately that is all the information I have on this lovely scene. My photo of the provenance is too blurry to read!   

FRENCH CABINET, c. mid 19th-C.
Ebony, oak, marble, oil paint, glaze, ormolu
by Hippolite-Edme Pretot
"Nineteenth-century French craftsmen excelled at designing and fabricating furniture with intricate combinations of luxurious materials.  This cabinet was almost certainly made to showcase such skills. Signed by Pretot, a little-known Frenchy artisan, its materials include gilded bronze, brass inlay, and rich, dark ebony. The painted flower decorations are attributed to the virtually unknown Franco Joseph Napoleon. The cabinet was likely intended for a hallway or dining room, where it would have been used to store or display the belongings of the wealthy owner." 
The label identifying the Paris shop where it was crafted is still intact!

CASTLEFORD WARE, English, founded 1790
Basalt Ware
My two cents: If the manufacturer was founded in 1790, I find it interesting that they date the pieces to 1785! You might say  they were crafted before their time. 

No information on this one, but it is certainly majestic.

I can't be sure until I return to the museum, but I think this is by Sir Joshua Reynolds. An imposing Regency personage, methinks, with a respectable cravat.

(A name worthy of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, to be sure!)
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)
British, Oil on canvas 94 x 58 inches. (That is, nearly 8 feet high by nearly five feet wide)

"Reynold’s full-length portrait of the elegantly dressed English nobleman exemplifies both the brilliantly painterly skills that made him one of the most sought after portraitists of his age, and the luxury enjoyed by England’s richest noble families in the eighteenth century. The artist captures Henry with all the signs of his status: his peer’s robes, the crown of a Lord Baron resting on the parapet, and an aloof, if noble, bearing."

My two cents: Noble bearing, indeed. Contrast Arundell's pose with that of his monarch, George III, below (This painting is not from the DAI)
George III in his coronation robes. From

Thomas Holland, Silver, 1806-1807
Silver looks more like gold here, but I can't tell if its my photo or if it had such a golden sheen in the case. Possibly the "tarnish" of the silver gives it the golden hues.  

Not much "younger" than the tea set above, the silver here is noticeably whiter.

Sir Richard Cosway (1742-1821) Watercolor on ivory set in gold box.
Cosway was the premier painter of miniatures of his day. I was so excited to see one of his tiny masterpieces in a Dayton collection! This is certainly Georgian, and most likely no more than 2-2 1/2 inches in length! I have a book on Cosway's miniatures--if I can find it before this post goes live, I'll double-check the measurements. 

COVERED CUP, c. 1752-53 (Georgian)
Sterling Silver
Amye Videau, active 1730-1770
"This splendid covered vessel in the form of a trophy...reflected Baroque style prevalent in Europe at the time." Videau was a French Huguenot who emigrated to nearby England as did many Protestants after their freedom of religion was revoked in the late 17th century. (Rather startling, isn't it, that Christianity is becoming less tolerated in our modern 21st century society.)

Oil on canvas
(What a proper Mr. Knightley he could be!)
by Thomas Sully (1783-1872)
Not my photo--this came From the DAI website. I had a poor picture of the provenance only.  

A dark photo of snuff  bottles, 18th century, Chinese

I hope you've enjoyed these pictures of art and artifacts from the Georgian and Regency eras. For myself, it is hard to get enough of them. Stay tuned as I re-visit the regency in other ways in coming months here at Heroes, Heroines and History!

Linore Rose Burkard is best known for regency romance novels with Harvest House Publishers, and now writes YA/Suspense as L.R.Burkard. Linore teaches workshops for writers, is a mother of five, and still homeschools her youngest daughter—preferably with coffee in one hand,  and iPad in the other.
Linore's newest novel, RESILIENCE, the action-packed sequel to PULSE, is  available now for pre-order on Amazon.