DescriptionA French Miniature Framed Watercolor Painting with Balloon Motif: Ascent at Tuileries Palace, late 18th century
2-3/4 inches diameter (7 cm) (artwork, sight)
5-1/8 x 5 inches (13.0 x 12.7 cm) (overall, including frame)
Bonhams, Fine Ballooning Art: The Property of a Gentleman, 16 December 1991, Lot. 56;
Acquired from the above.
The watercolor painting housed in simple carved frame, artwork depicting a balloon ascent at Tuileries Palace, with handwritten inscription to reverse Depart des Tuileries, housed in circular gilt case with glass to face.
This lot was likely made as a commemorative souvenir of the first manned, hydrogen-filled balloon ascent by Jacques Charles & Marie-Noel Robert, which occurred December 1, 1783 at the Tuileries Palace.
Added pad to reverse, circular cutout to reverse frame slightly loose, one minor wormhole to frame face, some patination spotting to gilt frame face, with wear commensurate with age.
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