This lovely small watercolor painting shows one of the many canals in Venice, Italy. In the foreground is a traditional Venetian gondola, awaiting its gondolier. The building on the left has lower arches and the upper windows, which were influenced by Moorish design, are fronted by a balcony filled with flowers. Beyond it is one of the approximately 400 bridges in Venice, also known as "The City of Bridges." In the background are more of the centuries-old buildings that make up this beautiful city. This painting is exceptionally well done in soft pastels and signed lower right "B. Carniel."
The framed measurements are 11 1/4 inches tall by 7 3/4 inches wide and about an inch thick. The image measures 6 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide. The painting is triple matted; the wide beige outermost mat has the subtle striations of watered silk (hard to show in a photo). There is a narrow strip of a mauve colored mat showing next and then a cream colored innermost mat. The frame is wood with a lemon gilt painted finish and a raised design along the front edge. The dust paper on the back is intact and there is a hanging wire installed. There was a label of some sort on the back (probably the framer's) but it's no longer there. There are two tiny nicks on the frame edges, but everything including the glass is in fine condition.
Given the petite size of this original artwork, it can easily be propped on a shelf or table as well as hung on the wall.