23 April 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 6,875
Attributed to Michael Dahl (Stockholm c.1659-1743 London)
Portrait of a lady, full-length, in an oyster satin dress and blue wrap, a sprig of orange blossom in her right hand, in an interior, an orange tree beyond
oil on canvas
78½ x 52 5/8 in. (199.4 x 133.7 cm.)
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It is likely that the present work is a celebration of the sitter's betrothal. She holds a sprig of orange blossom, attribute of the Roman goddess Pomona, symbolising marriage and purity, while the fruit in the background represents fertility.
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