Posted 3 years ago
Bought at a crazy second hand store called 'Art Attack' in El Granada, CA. She hung on the wall for many years, and the guy who runs the store always called her "Mrs. Stern" because of her 'stern' manner. She is painted in oil on a very thin 'canvas', like a cheese cloth, very crudely stretched. The hand carved frame is very light, like balsa wood maybe.
I always wondered. about what year? She has a comb in her hair I think, may be a bun? She also has a chain through a buttonhole on her dress. Her right ear is weird, like it was painted over.
She is approx 27 x 22 inches. He finally gave me a good price on her and I brought her home about 15 or so years ago. I took her to Antiques Roadshow when they came to San Jose in 2009. They liked her, I did not get filmed... They said she was probably painted by an unknown itinerant artist. I can find no signature.
Any thoughts appreciated!