(Sketch of antique frame corner)
Today Dave G and I paid a visit to the Sovereign Gallery in downtown Portland. The objective was to find out more about Dave's painting of his great-great grandmother, Mary Hooke Barton. We met with Robert Joki and his assistant Sue. Dave told them everything he knew about his heirloom painting. He has had the painting for 40+ years and never knew that it was signed on the front. The signature is very subtle across the top of a shoulder, but Curator Robert Joki found it within minutes.
Darius Cobb repainted part of the face and hair (because this was information is on the back of the painting).
Here (in photo above) is where the signature of the first artist is.
(L to R): Dave, Robert and Sue)
Robert gave Dave advice about where to have the painting restored and also where to have the frame restored to it's original dark gold. We had wondered if Mary Hooke B could be reframed into something more modern, but Robert said bad idea! The frame and painting simply go together like scotch and soda, Tango and Cash and Cobb and _ale!
I saw some Eric Jacobsen paintings at the Sovereign
And this cool painting by Leon Bonnat.
It was my first visit to the Sovereign and I'll be back. I purchased a book about Manet and then we loaded Mary Hooke B back into the car and she was driven home. A great adventure for all of us.
(Top Photo) Sketch: Celeste Bergin, Ornate frame, ink on 9x12 paper