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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1076468: Early 18th Century Oil On Canvas Portrait Of A Lady Attributed To Michael Dahl (1659-1743)

Early 18th Century Oil On Canvas Portrait Of A Lady Attributed To Michael Dahl (1659-1743)

£7,950    $10,358    €9,459
A highly decorative and sensitively rendered late 17th/early 18th century oval portrait of a lady attributed to Michael Dahl (1659-1743). Housed in its likely original carved and gilded antique frame, this attractive portrait is typical of the formula Dahl used for his head-and-shoulders images of beauties. It is also a shining example of Dahl's work, at a time when he was in direct competition with the eminent portraitist Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723).
 
The as yet unknown sitter is depicted against a dark background. Light enters from the right and casts an extravagant shadow, a technique that helps accentuate both the curve of the model's neck and the elegant turn of her head.
 
The sweep of her hair is held in place by shimmering pearl hair ornaments. Within the oval shape of the canvas, this portrait has been carefully conjured to produce a magnificent and striking image. The deft handling of the sitters' ruffled white chemise, and the lively way in which her silk costume is rendered. as well as the subtle pink and gold colour palette are typical of Michael Dahl.
 
Michael Dahl (1659-1743)
 
The artist had a wide range of patrons, including members of the royal family, nobility and prominent court officials, as well as London professionals and gentry families. The exact date of this portrait, however, remains a mystery; it is however likely that it was painted in his London studio at Leicester Fields, in which he entered between 1696 and later. While the models' melancholic gaze and graceful pose recall Dahl's imposing images of the beauties of Petworth's court, here Dahl applies his courtly style on a much smaller scale. The result is this intimate, striking and jewel-like portrait.
 
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Canvas: 29" x 25" / 74cm x 64cm.
 
Frame: 37" x 32" / 95cm x 74cm
 
Antique Number: SA1076468
Dateline of this antique is 18th Century
Height is 95cm (37.4inches)
Width is 74cm (29.1inches)
Depth is 2cm (0.8inches)
Antique #SA1076468, showcased on this page, originates from the 18th century. For historical context, the timeline below highlights the period when it was made:
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