The miniature gouache portrait in bronze frame is early 19th century, German or Austrian, its subject a somewhat grave matron dressed in somber colors, the only ornament her lace collar. She has been set in a darkly flamboyant frame of iridescent rooster tail feathers.
In 18th century English and French gardens, a folly was a faux building, such as a Roman or Chinese temple or a ruined abbey, evoking another time and place, often symbolizing Classical virtues. Ours is a contemporary take on the folly, creating the illusion of the wild world overtaking the civilized and allowing for a new ideal of beauty.
All parts of this decorative work are unique and were assembled by hand, by Cordelia Lawton and Patrick Mull, in their Long Island City design studio.
24″ x 24″
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