This oil painting is at one of our local antique shops. I fell in love with it for it's intricate detail and her knowing glance. She has a Mona Lisa essence to her. Sadly, it's beyond my price bracket and its provenance is not all the way back to 1840. The artist is undocumented or published and having very little knowledge of this type of art, I have no way of verifying if the asking price is reasonable and if the piece is authentic. The first rule of art is to buy what you love...but at this price, I would need the 2nd & 3rd rule too.