Two finely detailed oil paintings on board of a two village scenes in heavily carved, ornate gilt wood Baroque frame by Biggs & Sons London. Both the paintings, showing everyday village life and the frame are very pretty and detailed. They would make a nice addition to a powder room, library, den, study or gallery wall. On of the them is signed Bilderbeck on the bottom right and the other is unsigned from what I can tell. There are contradictory listings for Biggs & Sons framed art. Some say they're form the 19th century & others as reproductions from the 1960's and the old framed repurposed so I can not guarantee age. I am basing the price on these being decorative only. See Biggs & Sons very long and illustrious history below
Paper tag on the reverse states:
Biggs & Sons
Carvers, Gilders, and Picture Restorers
3L Conduit St Bond St London
Looking Glasses Supplied, Old Frames Reoilt.
Biggs & Sons History: John Harris 1787-1814, Harris & Pearse 1814-1828, Samuel Pearse 1826-1834, Pearse & Biggs 1834-1835, William Biggs 1835-1852, Biggs & Sons 1853-1856, Biggs & Son 1857-1868, W.H. Biggs & Co 1869-1884, Walter Henry Biggs & Co 1885 (as fine art dealers). At 38 Dean St, London 1787-1790, 28 Gerrard St 1792-1808, 26 Gerrard St 1799, 30 Conduit St 1805-1809, 31 Conduit St (‘one door from Bond Street’) 1810-1878, 7 Maddox St 1879-1884, 65 Mortimer St, Cavendish Square 1885. Carvers, gilders and framemakers, picture restorers, print publishers, later picture dealers.
This long-standing business was founded by John Harris in the 1780s. It was active in Conduit St for much of the 19th century in a changing series of partnerships, as framemakers, picture restorers and latterly picture dealers. A wildly long history [ https://www.npg.org.uk/research/conservation/direc... ]
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