I’m still researching this one really but I was captivated by this slightly water damaged painting. At first I thought it was a print as it was amongst a lot of prints and some real rubbish. I later discovered three more lovely watercolours in the lot. Two from the 1920s and a beautiful still life of a melon in it’s original maple frame. Sometimes you just get lucky. It seems to be by a gentlemen called Henry Harding. I have found reference to a Henry Harding living around this time but only very vague information. It’s small and a little foxed but clearly a beautiful quality work. It’s dated 1819, which fits with the references I’ve found.
Interestingly, I asked Sothebys for an opinion on it but they kindly replied that it wasn’t in their price range being only worth around £500. I just have to get it remounted and tidied up now but I don’t think I’ll be asking that for it. Take a look at some of the items I have for sale on my new website at http://www.antikseramika.co.uk/