n.p. n.a., 1800's. Item #21182 .
Painting on vellum, 3¼ by 4¾ inches. Finely detailed, depicting St. Francis of Assisi, the Seraphic Doctor, in great detail. St. Francis, complete with stigmata, is accompanied by a crucifix, thorns, a flagellum, a book resting on a skull, and a flowering plant supported by a decorative border. There is no signature that we can discern.
The miniature is mounted on card with a hinged mat of brown cloth. Dimensions of the mat are 5¾ by 8 inches. A collection label is pasted beside the miniature, not visible when the mat is closed, " Collection of A. & C. Rub, Hollywood, California...". On the reverse, in ink and an unknown hand, is inscribed, "A gift from Christian Rub Moving Picture Actor. 1935."
Christian Rub, whose wife's name was Amy, was an Austrian actor with over 100 movies to his credit. His career spanned from silent films until 1952. He was the basis for the animation of Gepetto, and also Gepetto's voice, in Walt Disney's 'Pinocchio'.
The vellum is lightly age-soiled, but still bright and vibrant; the reverse of the mount has some old staining, but overall this gives a very good appearance.