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Spectacular Ballet Costume Watercolor Sketch/ Pastel Floral 23" Oval Frame- Signed "BeaTrice Miller"/Circa 20th Century

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    Posted 3 years ago

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    A friend at the co-op had been showing me a huge collection of bridal gown and theater costume sketches she had picked up at an estate sale. All were unframed but absolutely beautiful and dated from the 1920's or 30's. So imagine my surprise to see this gorgeous example sitting in the picture stacks at Salvation Army yesterday. Such beautiful colors and detail. Signed "BeaTice Miller" there's some amazing talent here! Her face and hands are incredibly well drawn. I'm not sure what ballet this costume is from but it looks very Russian to me. Originally it was quite dirty with crumbling backing and just enough loose nails to keep the glass from falling out. The back had been plastered with packing tape to keep it together. The ivory colored 23" tall oval frame was in very good shape. The delicate pink flowers with green and gold borders had minimal wear. The very heavy watercolor paper has been cropped to fit the oval frame though. What a shame ...but there's nothing online about the artist so I don't know how much that would effect it's value. A bit of glass cleaning, reconstruction work and a nice new black dust cover with hanging wire... Viola"...she's ready to take her bow once again. -Mike-


    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Just STUNNING !!!
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks Pops for the quick on the draw "love"...:)
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks so much Kevin...yes she can stare at the detail for hours. What an incredible artist Beatrice was . :)
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      That is absolutely incredibly beautiful Mike!! Amazing find!!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      BTW, Great profile pic!!
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks Scott :)....It is a lovely picture in every respect....that's my little girl Mitzi. She just turned 12 on June 1st .
    7. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 3 years ago
      astonishing beautiful
    8. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thank you Kivatinitz for the "love" and comment. :)
    9. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      This is wonderful! I tried several searches and came up with a big fat zero.
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
      very beautiful!!
    11. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks Bonnie for the good old college try. I thought surely something this nice would be note worthy. Nothing in my artists directories either. There were so many talented costume artists and sadly these sketches were just tossed after the costumes were finished. Luckily this one made it home with someone. :)
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks Sean for the "love" and comment :)
    13. sklo42 sklo42, 3 years ago
      Just gorgeous, and lovely detail in image four.
    14. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      I absolutely love the colors Mike! Great find!
    15. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks so much Sklo and was a very surprising find after so many days of nothing much . :)
    16. Budek Budek, 3 years ago
      Great find, Mike!!!!! I've been looking around. She's a British artist,.....but no other info yet,......I'll keep at it. Congratulations!
    17. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Oh Wow!....Thanks Tony :) least you found her name so that means she was a known artist. Admittedly I didn't spend much time researching.Thanks so much for your ongoing detective work too . :)
    18. Gillian, 3 years ago
      I've been searching for a Beatrice Miller for over an hour now - I have to stop! All the best, I hope someone finds her.
    19. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      Thanks Gillian,,,I find most art work signed or not is very hard to track down. Probably a very talented amateur just not well known. :)

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