Research into one of our latest acquisitions by Charles Meissonier has kept us very busy this month! This fantastic genre scene depicting two sisters taking tea with a potential suitor, was painted in 1866 in the style of Louis XV. This particular painting won a medal when it was exhibited at the 1866 Paris Salon; and won further aclaim when it was mentioned in aclaimed cricic Charles Blancs review of the exhition in the Gazette des Beaux Arts.
The painting displays excuisite attention to detail in the architecture and furniture of the period. The artists father was also a history painter and collected fabrics, therefore Charles was brought up surrounded by rich silks and brocades as seen in his interpretation of costume in this painting.
This fantastic painting is currently hung in the gallery in Shrewsbury and will most certainly be displayed when we exhibit at the Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair in London from the 10th to the 19th June 2011 (that is if it is not sold by then!!).