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Miniature Oil Paintings

Previous reports exposed a series of "paintings" with "labels" of European frame shops. All of those images were produced on paper by a printing press. A thick transparent sealer was then hand brushed on the paper which left prominent brush strokes suggesting the image was hand painted in thick paint. Labels of frame shops and artist supply companies were then applied to the frames of those images suggesting they were painted in England and Europe when in fact they were reproduced in China.

That same technique has been used on a similar series of new miniature images. Subjects are typical mid-19th century English country views copied from original period paintings. Images are printed on paper and covered with the same thick clear coating which leaves obvious brush strokes giving the illusion of a painted image. Don't be fooled by the brushed texture. Use a loupe to detect the dot pattern of color printing.


Fig. 1 Image area 3½ X 2¼″ set in 6½ X 5½″ solid wood frame.


Fig. 2 Image area 4½ X 3″; frame 7 X 5″. Frame is cast in resin to resemble plaster and painted gold.

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