one of the most beautiful portraits of a child wearing coral is perhaps this-
son of Rubens, Nicholas Rubens, 1619
Peter Paul Rubens
after the post on a little bit of Coral.
I found this-
in my mailbox-
Toby Worthington. I always enjoy hearing from Toby Worthington, through comment-but even better- an email. We email chatted and Mr. Worthington said I could share this beautiful Regency children's portrait-with two of the children wearing coral beads-no less. The painting is Mr. Worthington's, of course, and happens to have belonged to the one and only decorator Rose Cumming. I -of course loved the painting, the provenance, the current owner- and the dog- we both agreed- He is perfection.
& this- from Toby's 1980's incarnation of the Rose Cumming painting. The walls are covered in a linen damask- reminiscent of several Rose Cumming fabrics- I might add. Though we did not discuss this photograph in detail-the chintz looks very much like Rose Cumming too- if not, close. For his part- TW noted the Dorothy Draper retour d'Egypte chair as a particular favorite in the day.
Toby Worthington on the painting: "The same painting hung in the blue music room at Rose Cumming's last apartment in New York. The Regency Painting~wrongly attributed to Raeburn by Rose and Co.~is plainly that of a young lord with his siblings. There's a Palladian pile in the distance. Apart from that, we haven't a clue who painted it, nor where it originally hung, though it would appear to have been done around 1810 or later. Seeing it in that vast drawing room of Mrs. Petrasch, in Adam Lewis's recent book, The Great Lady Decorators, indicated that Rose initially acquired the picture for her client, then afterward it became her own. "
Rose's Blue Music Room
the Petrasch Living Room
he added, "Probably not terribly interesting in an of itself, but fascinating to one who has lived with the picture for 30 odd years."
Well, TW-You know I am-I find if fascinating indeed!
I am along with any reader that visits Little Augury.
Now that coral has new meaning- take note, when next you see one of these.
to left- from Christie's,a painting by Van Zelven 1605, Netherlands & at right a portrait by Paul Moreelse
Portrait of Charles II, Prince of Wales
Justus van Egmont
& in the Egmont painting a coral teething, strung on coral beads (one is shown below)
A George IV silver-gilt coral and bells, Charles Rawlings, London, circa 1820. six bells hung from serpent heads, with a central band of roses, thistles and other flowers with whistle top and coral teether.(photo Sotheby's catalog from the Property of Mrs Charles Wrightsman : The London Residence.)
The Sackville Children by John Hoppner, 1797
Portrait of Emily St.Clare by John Hoppner
at the Nelson-Atkins here
more coral anyone?