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This painting produced in the year 1667 shows a lady sitting by a table on the moment that her maid brings her a letter. This interesting piece is unique in its composition, considering that several times Vermeer would place his characters on the left corner of a white room or show some cityscape. In this case, the whole scene is swallowed by darkness, except for the characters and the table.
The light gets in through the left side of the painting and spreads out naturally as if she was in front of a large window during daylight. The lady is dressed in a bright yellow vest with fur sleeves. Her hair is beautifully put up in a large knot with pearls and decorations, and her curly golden bangs fall over her face. Her pale skin has a rose pigment on her cheeks and mouth. Her mouth is ajar as she holds her chin, appearing as if she was asking the maid a question. She wears a shiny pearl necklace and a large pearl earring.
She is sitting in front of a table covered with a blue silk cloth. On top of it, there is a box and a tray with a glass and a fancy jar. The box is also very adorned, and the woman is holding a pen on top of a half-written piece of paper. It looks like she was interrupted as she was writing a letter. The maid emerges from the darkness with her brown dress. There is a substantial discrepancy between the maid and the lady, from her vests to the facial features and body language. The maid has her red mouth half opened, and it looks like she is delivering a message as she hands in the letter. Her dark hair fades into the darkness of the background, so it’s not possible to see details of it.
From the amazing texture work, we can tell the rough woolen material from the maid’s clothes from the silky, shiny dress of the lady. The maid has a blue apron as well. From the way the lady and the maid look at each other, the lady with her very candid facial expression and the maid with a hint of a smile, we feel a sense of intimacy, a real relationship, and bond between these two characters
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Lady with Her Maidservant Holding a Letter, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Lady with Her Maidservant Holding a Letter that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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