Another Peale Silhouette

This item is from an auction purported to be a rare one with a “PEALE” stamp. If the readers would browse below, I have listed two others very similar to this stamp. Please remember that my thoughts are just my opinion.

Even without a stamp, Peale silhouettes look Peale. The embossment is an additional proof. However, even with the stamp, the cuttings must represent the known bust curvatures by one of the so-called Peales, although very few were actually cut by the Peales.

1. The best one is when the curvatures represent Peale with a genuine embossment.
2. The second best is when the curvatures represent Peale but without the stamp.
3. Others are no good.

As for those busts that scarcely resemble any of the Peales’cuttings, and when the embossment is not quite correct, there is a very good reason to doubt their authenticity.

Added 6/25. It went as high as $137 but did not meet the seller's reserve. Blessing for the top bidder? Curse for the seller?


ogee said...

Thank you for this site. I am new to this subject. I was given a silhouette related to a pair of 18th cent. chairs I purchased. The subject is said to be the 2nd owner of the chairs. Since then I have taken note of others on ebay and auctions. This example you posted here was again for sale on e bay last week. Why do you think someone would go to the effort of adding an embossment when there seems at least to me to be no real increase in what they bring at auction? Is this example and the three others on your site early 19th century examples with added marks or are they new examples?

Antique Silhouettes said...

Thanks for the comment. The word " new" can mean many things. In this case, let me just say that they are not what they are represented to be. Without this particular embossment (Peale), nobody would be interested on this silhouette. By adding it, it takes on a new meaning. The hollow-cut here is not representable of those cut at his museum. Both the cutting and the embossment were fabricated. It is basically worth the paper it is on, plus whatever the frame may bring.