These guys are definitely making me happy. I bought them last week at auction sight unseen (I didn't preview them); just went with my gut. And I love them. I suspected that they were 17th c., but really didn't know as the backs looked new from a distance. But they had simply been relined. (If I were to have them relined, the cost would be around $500--so I was given a gift)
I love interjecting animals and flora into a room--they add so much life and positive energy. I think that these paintings would look good in a modern room, as they are very angular and the black background adds just the needed counterpoint.
Here are a few detail shots
The original heavily oxidized stretcher is further indication of the age of the paintings--love it. I will be sad when these guys are sold (but hopefully the new owner will show up ASAP)
Sending blessing for a fantastic week with play time, and lazy summer days. I hope that the Northeast cools down pretty soon--you guys are not used to all that heat.
Mary & Jones & Cole