A rare pair of profiles of children, likely to be brother and sister
A rare pair of profiles of children, likely to be brother and sister
A rare pair of profiles of children, likely to be brother and sister

JACOB SPORNBERG (1768-1840)

A rare pair of profiles of children, likely to be brother and sister

c. 1800 United Kingdom

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Both three-quarter length standing before a curtain background

set in the original hammered brass frames


Jacob Spornberg was born in Finland and went on to study painting in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1785, his drawing master made a trip to England, then asked his wife to join him with Spornberg acting as chaperone. Once there, Spornberg decided that England was where he should pursue his career as an artist. An accomplished portrait and landscape painter, he was skilled in oil, watercolour and etching
techniques, but it was with silhouettes that he made
his mark.

Whilst Spornberg's advertisements mention only his 'Etruscan profiles ' (that is, profiles painted in line on a red base colour against a black background) he is known to have occasionally painted profiles in black on flat glass as seen in this pair. This pair show all the characteristics of other known profiles painted on flat glass in black by Spornberg; namely the looped curtain, the full-length, rather than bust profile, the hammered brass frame and the detail scratched with needle for the curtain but solid black face
The profile of the girl facing right has some crazing of the paint on the face
Bonhams 31st October, 2000
Dimensions
Height 8.90 cm (3.50 inches)
Stock Code
4356
Medium
painted on flat glass against paper
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