Speaking of auctions, as I did in my last post, reminded me that I occasionally like to troll through auction sites for images. It’s a great way to find new-to-you portraits and sculpture, and sometimes even extant clothing.
Here’s a few things that I’ve found lately that I liked — almost all 18th century, of course! Because that’s how I roll.
SQUIRREL. Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, R.A. (London 1735-1811 Winchester) | Portrait of Olive Craster (d. 1769), half-length, in a blue dress with ribbons and a lace shawl, with a pearl necklace and flowers in her hair, holding a squirrel, in a feigned oval | Christie’s.
More squirrels here.
LOVE all the sparkly trim on the front of this court gown. François Hubert Drouais | PORTRAIT DE FEMME | Sotheby’s
A rare portrait of a woman who we know was a natural redhead. This is doubly interesting, because it’s one of the only portraits I’ve seen with a WOMAN showing hair powder on her shoulders. John Hoppner, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF EMILIA CHARLOTTE LENNOX (D. 1832) | Sotheby’s
Nice 3D look at those German Renaissance headwrap thingies (wulst-something?). German, Swabia, probably Ulm, circa 1510-1520 | BUST OF A FEMALE SAINT | Sotheby’s