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it appears that the whole frame has lost its original finish. The fragments of ground, paint and gilding on the coffered niche suggest that the frame was painted and gilded. The ceiling of the coffered vault was possibly painted blue with details in gold to represent a celestial ceiling. The combination of colour and gold together with the intricate nature of the carving would have given this frame a highly decorative finish.
ENGLISH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1825 A young gentleman called Thomas H. Perkins, in gray coat with black collar and white shirt, seated at his desk leaning his left elbow on a chair; drapery background signed and dated 'Ch Ch Can S K 1825', ormolu frame rectangular, 3 7/8 x 2 15/16 in. (98 x 75 mm.)