Period mid-late 17th century of an Elderly Aristocratic Woman in a conical hat, known today as a witch hat. In a lace head shawl and either pinching her cape together to appear less feminine or holding a concealed amulet. While the concept of the pointed hat is a 19th century to modern association with witches, the pointed cap most likely, in this case, was to signify association with a guild such as the alewives. Though this sitter’s identity is a mystery, I have included in the photos one other known example of a pointed hat in portraiture of “Mrs. Salesbury” dating from around the same period. Ex collection: Arthur B. de Saint Maurice, the great grandson of the Hudson River School Painter, Regis Gignoux. Be descent. Bearing a 19th century Parisian painting dealer’s label on the backside of the original frame.
Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)
Width: 32 in. (81.28 cm)
Depth: 2.5 in. (6.35 cm)
Style: Charles II (Of the Period)
Materials and Techniques: Painted, Paint
Place of Origin: Netherlands
Period: 17th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1650-1670
Wear consistent with age and use. Early crazing, faint layer of surface dirt, overall good condition. Frame with worm damage.