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SENSATIONAL Theorem Still-Life Painting: Fruit with Melon and Corn and Notable Provenance Including the National Gallery of Art.....SOLD
Probably Connecticut, ca. 1820-1850. Painted on velvet with sliced watermelon centering an abundance of fruit, with an ear of corn in the foreground and two birds perched on leafy vines above. Velvet was the fabric of choice for many early theorems as its napped surface gave an appealing softness to the edges. The floating of strawberries and grapes on the sliced-open facet of the melon, bordering patterned seeds, is rare and likely unique, and is a little gem of a detail that reveals the singular mind of the artist. The bountiful composition of fruits was meant to suggest optimism and plenty. Retains strong colors, with toning and an unobtrusive slit in the upper right. The glass and gilded frame is period and may be original, measuring about 24 ½ inches x 20 ½. Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, Important Frakturs, Embroidered Pictures, Theorem Paintings and Cut work Pictures and other American Folk Art from the collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1974, and Washington DC, The NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, 1953-1974.
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