Piccolo Art swings into Baltimore Summer Antique show Piccolo Art will be attending the Baltimore Antique show with a number of exquisite works of Art. Portraits-minatures Nancy Reilly has M.A. in Fine and Decorative Art from Sothebys' Institute
News-Antique.com - Jul 08,2008 - Nancy Reilly was a succesfull executive in the telecoms business in the UK when she decided she had had enough. Upon reflection, Nancy had always had a love of antiques and art and decided to pursue that as a career.
In London she attended the Sotheby's Institute (affiliated with Manchester University) and achieved an M.A. in Fine and Decorative Arts. The next five years she honed her skills at a couple of provincial auction houses literally seeing thousands of items a month. the auction house experience gave her an appreciation for the fine pieces vs the everyday.
A broken leg prioved fortuatous,as the time off gave Nancy the idea of going out on her own.Piccolo Art ( little art in Italian) was born. Portrait miniatures, which combined the best of British Art with the history of the sitters intruiged her and became her passion.
After 13 glorious years in the UK Mark & Nancy relocated back to the USA to historic Edenton North Carolina. Mark joined the business full-time and Piccolo Art expanded into small portraits.
Piccolo Art continues to do business on both sides of the Atlantic and expand its show presence. The Baltimore Summer Antiques show is the largest US show we do and we have returned for the second year after selling a number of paintings and portrait miniatures.
The pictures area representation of the quality of the work we carry with an exceptional portraits of the Forbes Family 1810 with the Forbes tartan oil on canvas.
English School, c. 1810. A pair of early 19th Century oil on board paintings, after the original pastel drawings by John Russell, "The Favorite Rabbit", and "Tom and His Pidgeon". Both paintings are framed in period frames, probably original to the works, which have been lightly restored. "The Favorite Rabbit", rectangular, 27.5 cms. X 36 cms.(11 inches X 14 inches). "Tom and His Pigeons", rectangular, 27.5 cms. X 36 cms. (11 inches X 14 inches). Both works, extremely well executed and in beautiful condition. The original pastel drawing by John Russell, The Favorite Rabbit was exhibited at the Royal Academy, London in 1791 and sold a Sotheby’s in March, 2000 for £40,000.
The 3rd picture is Portrait miniature of a mother, child, and pet cat by Gustav Klingstedt. The water color on vellum portrait depicts the seated mother holding a cream coloured cat on her lap. To her left stands a young child. The background, depicting an interior scene. Gilt metal mount. Oval, 8 cms. diameter (3 inches). Very good condition and absolutely charming subject matter. Carl Gustav Klingstedt was born in Riga in 1657. At the age of 15 he enterered the Swedish army and in 1677 the French army. From 1689, until his death in 1734, he devoted himself entirely to painting. Klingstedt is noted for his faultless draftsmanship, as demonstrated in this supurb little miniature
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