Small but very fine portrait of a young beauty was executed in the late 19th century by French painter Emile Renard (1850 - 1930).
Here is short biographical info about the artist (source: www.emileranrd.com):
Emile Henri Renard born October 5th, 1830 in Sevres and started his career by painting porcelain in the factory where many of his relatives worked. He was a student of Masters such as Cabanel and Cesar de Cock. He was awarded the Medailles; third class 1876; second class, 1889; Medailles Argentine, 1889; Chevalier de la Legion de honneur, 1895; Medaille d’honneur, 1915; Prix de Bonnat, 1924.
Litetrature:Artist lexicons by Benezit (in French); Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenen Künstler " by Thieme / Becker. Leipzig, 1999 in on-lin: www.emilerenard.com
Inscription: signed upper left.
Technique: oil on wood. Original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 8 1/8" x h 10 1/4" (20,5 x 26 cm), framed w 11 " x 12 3/4" (28 x 32,5 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.