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Crystoleum - "The Flower Lady"

£35.00

A very beautiful crystoleum of a lady carrying a basket of chrysanthemums.

Approx 130-120 years old.

In good condition for age. It was reframed in 1956.

approx. 32.5cm x 21.5cm

"The crystoleum, from "crystal" + "oleum", process was a method of applying colour to an albumen print, popular from c. 1880 – c. 1910. An albumen print was pasted face down to the inside of a concave piece of glass. Once the adhesive was dry, the paper backing of the print was rubbed away, leaving only the transparent emulsion on the glass. The image was then coloured by hand, using oil paints. Another piece of glass was added to the back and this could also be coloured by hand. Both pieces of glass were bound together creating a detailed, albeit fragile, image. The process was derived from the 18th century mezzotint process".

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