Choice Theorem on Linen with Rare Trapunto “Quilting”
Northeast, ca. 1840.

Strong colors and soulful character, appears to be oil and watercolor paints on linen. Made with rarely seen (on a theorem) “trapunto” quilting that is a “stuffed technique.” A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto uses two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface. The green foliage, and watermelon, and base of the basket are made in this manner. The composition and color contrasts are exceptional, the yellow basket bursting with fruits, with yellows, greens, bright reds, blues, and an orange-winged butterfly. Related to the desirable group of “watermelon” theorems. Expected unobtrusive staining and toning. Likely the original gilt ripple frame. Versatile smaller size, of frame about 17 ¼ inches x 14. Private Northeast collection. 

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