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Early Graphic Southern Still Life
From a private Virginia collection and believed to have been painted there, ca. 1790-1820. Oil on Southern-Yellow Pine wooden panel, the back with with deep edge chamfering. Exhibiting a delicacy and vertical “lift” associated with furniture and decorative arts of this period (transitioning from Chippendale to slender Hepplewhite). Wispy flowers in white and robin’s-egg-blue highlight the composition which includes leafy-green tendrils emanating from an electric-blue vase to accentuate the sense of verticality. The charcoal background is unusual and contributes to a feel that is graphic yet also “quiet”. Unobtrusive paint loss as shown due to expansion and contraction of the wooden panel, long ago professionally stabilized. Almost certainly the original painted frame, frame size about 20 inches tall x 14 3/4 wide. .
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