The plaque shows a contemporary lady outdoors with a background in the Japanese manner.
Plaque: Portrait of a Woman by Paul César Helleu, c. 1885
Â© The Bowes Museum
- 67 x 36.5 x 2 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £12,500 ( Total: £25,000)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
It seems to be influenced by the work of Manet (who exhibited a series of ladies against decorative backgrounds in the 1880s) and Tissot (who depicted the everyday life of Parisian women). Helleu worked for the ceramicist, Theodore Deck who re-created the Persian techniques of faience glazing which leads to a slightly blurred effect in the glaze.
Private collection; Christie's, 1995; private collection, London.