Folk Art

Exceptional “Dressed Miniature” of George Washington
  • Dressed portrait miniature in the form of a penwipe featuring an exquisitely crafted George Washington (or some other colonial gent) with painted on paper face and hand. Made of individually hand-sewn fabrics, foil wrapped sword in belt, wood dowel for walking stick (with foil wrapped cane handle) and wrapped with fabric tape and decorative threads. Clothes are enhanced with beads and chainstitch braiding and edged with lace. His wig/hair is some type of fluffy batting and with the ponytail tied with black ribbon. He wears black shoes with silver buckles (foil). The penwipe is unused and backed by early fabric and mounted on archival black paper in a period gilt frame. Please look at the photos for condition (which we think is excellent). The printed fabric at the back of the penwipe has some spotting and the fabric of one of the shoes is a little tattered at toe and top. The artist who created this lovely piece was not as good in the painted features as Mary Way but the piece is certainly made in the spirit and manner of Miss Way’s coveted work. The early printed fabric at the back measures 6 ½” x 4 1/8 with the penwipe itself (the wool leaves) measures 6” x 3 ½.” The period gilt frame is beautifully worn and is in the style referred to as Sully frames. It measures 9 1/8” x 11 3/8” with a sight size of 5 7/8” x 8 1/8”.

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