Exquisite antique painting on porcelain plaque signed Delphine de Cool and dated 1872. The plaque depicts Venus floating on the waves above her are 5 flying cherubs. The quality and composition of this unique painting on porcelain plaque is the best one might ever hope to find in a lifetime of searching. The condition is perfect as if it had been in a time capsule for 138 years. Delphine Arnould de Cool was born in Limoges France and studied under her father. She married the painter and sculptor Arnould . She won a gold medal at the Expositions Universelles in 1878. She won a medal at the Paris Exposition in 1889. A huge event in her life and one of the very few women artists to be honored exhibiting at the Paris Exposition of 1889. The Paris Exposition of 1889 included some of the finest art, paintings, and sculptures created in the history of the world. Just to be invited to exhibit was an honor. To win a medal was one of the highest awards of the 19th century. This painting on porcelain plaque signed and dated in the lower left is the finest porcelain plaque I have ever had the pleasure to own or offer for sale. The closer you get to look at this the better the detail. Delphine de Cool is a very important French listed artist born in Limoges, France in 1830. Limoges a center in France for artists to gather in the 19th and early 20th century to paint paintings on porcelan plaques. The finest French porcelain plaques were made in Limoges France in the 19th century. The plaques were purchased by artists wanting to paint on a permanent porcelain plaque. Oil paintings on canvis if not cared for conserved or preserved can deteriorate under certain atmospheric conditions. This unique painting on porcelain plaque painted and signed by her in 1872 is an extraordinary example of the finest quality painting on porcelain plaques in existence today. The plaque measures 16+ inches wide by 9-1/2 inches high. It is framed in a contemporary gilt wood frame with a gilt wood filet. Framed size is 23 inches wide by 16 inches high. Both the painting and the frame are in superb condition. This unique painting on porcelain plaque is guaranteed to please the most particular connoisseur or collector.