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OIL ON BOARD OF COWS IN PASTORAL SETTING
A lovely oil on board painting by National Academy artist Aaron Draper Shattuck. It is titled Cows at Salmon Brook Meadow Granby 1870. The type of academy board Shattuck choose to use for this painting has a light brown speckled coloration. The technique he used to paint this scene involved the intentional scraping away of paint to reveal the brown undersurface. This technique is very effectively used in this painting.
Although originally trained as a portrait painter, Shattuck, 1832 - 1928, is best known for his White Mountain School paintings and a little later in life while he resided in Granby, CT, his pastoral scenes featuring livestock such as cattle and sheep. This painting is in excellent original condition. It is in a period gold leaf frame that is likely its original. The sight size is 12 1/2" X 16". The painting is stamped lower right and also has the Emeigh certificate of provenance.. It is going to be entered as number 252 in the upcoming catalog raisonne on this artist..
NORWICH, CT PORTRAIT BY A. H. EMMONS
A portrait of a young child by Alexander Hamilton Emmons 1816 - 1884. He was an E. Haddam, CT native with a natural inclination toward art who by necessity became a house painter. While working in Norwich, CT, he drew the portrait of a fellow laborer. Upon seeing the successful likeness, he decided to attempt a living as a portrait painter. He began by painting miniatures. In 1843 he opened a studio in Hartford painting portraits and landscapes and although self trained, also taught art. After 5 years in Hartford, Charles Johnson, Esq. a Norwich banker, persuaded him to return to paint portraits of noteworthy people in Norwich. He had studio space built into the Norwich Savings Bank overlooking the Thames River.
Sight size of the entire canvas is 29 1/4" X 24 1/2". The painting is signed in several places. The present frame is a newer one.
A FINE LANDSCAPE BY ABRAHAM HULK JR
This is a beautiful oil on wood panel painted by listed artist Abraham Hulk Jr. 1851 - 1922. He is a British artist highly regarded for his landscapes and seascapes. He painted in the Netherlands, the UK and France. There is no inpainting. It is ligned lower right. Sight size is 10" X 14". Framed measurement is 17 1/2" X 21 1/4". The painting is housed in a georgous 19th century cove moulded gold leaf frame.
ELABORATE 19TH CENTURY FRAME
This is an extraordinarily elaborate gold leaf frame. I believe this frame style dates to the 1840's. The frame is in excellent original condition. It is not marked by the maker. The sight size is 19 1/2" X 15 1/2". The rabbet size is 20 1/8" X 16 1/8". The overall size is approximately 23 1/2" X 27 5/8".
A CHARMING 19TH C.PAINTING OF A GIRL WITH HER DOLL
This is a sentimental work that is well painted. It depicts a beautiful young girl who is probably home sick. Snuggled under a crazy quilt on a chair in the parlor, she is serving tea to her porcelain doll while her dog sits faithfully by her side. The work is signed J. Ernest Galvin. J. Ernest Galvin painted in New York in the 19th century. He appears in Who's Who In American Art. Galvin exhibited at the National Academy between 1861 and 1900. This artist has a unique way of capturing a sentimental moment. This piece is painted so lovingly, you have to wonder if he is painting his own daughter. I feel the subject matter of this painting has appeal to someone who prefers folk art even though this painting is the work of a trained artist. The sight size is 18" X 14". There is an old patch en verso and a bit of loss to the paint at the bottom center of the quilt. This area is darkened and has some old touch up so it is not readily noticeable. The painting is signed lower right.
WATERCOLOR OF HAY STACKS HENRY KINNARD
A beautiful watercolor of a field of haystacks. The artist is Henry Kinnard of England. He painted between the years 1880 - 1920 near Ashton Sussex. This piece bears the title Surrey Cornfield.. The sight size of the painting measures approximately 21 1/4" X 13 1/2". Framed it measures 24 3/8" X 16 3/4". The watercolor retains its original frame. There is a strip of loss to the gesso and gold at the bottom of the liner.
OIL ON CANVAS OF CHICKENS
What a wonderfully realistic painting of chickens! The work is by a French artist by the last name of Benlure. Despite the fine quality of his work, I can find very little information on him. What information I have found, consisting of a couple of auction records from the early 1980's, and a section of text from a newspaper published in British Columbia in the early 20th century, suggests that Benlure regularly painted realistic barnyard scenes populated by chickens. Since so little of his work shows up at auction, we can assume either he was not a terribly prolific artist or perhaps an artist that remains as yet undiscovered. This work is in excellent original condition. It retains its original frame. The sight size of the painting is approx. 21 3/4" X 10". Framed, the approx. overall measurement is 32 1/2" X 21". There are scattered losses to the elaborate frame.
WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPE BY HENRY KINNARD
Another beautifully painted work by the English artist Henry Kinnard. This one is a beautiful rural landscape that includes a castle in the background. Kinnard painted during the years 1880 - 1920 near Ashton Sussex. This piece bears the title Thames Backwater. It would be a great companion piece to the watercolor of haystacks listed above. It is nearly the same size and if framed with an identical frame. The sight size is 20 5/8" X 13 3/8". Framed, the overall dimension is 23 3/4" X 16 1/2".
WATERCOLOR OF A MONK SAMPLING THE WINE STORES
This is a wonderful genre painting signed by a German artist named Maximilian Shaefer (1861 - 1916). The watercolor depicts a Monk in a wine cellar. It seems his mission may have been to fill the bottles from the cask, however it appears may have become sidetracked with tasting the wine. The watercolor is in very good original condition. It retains its priginal thick angle cut matt and frame. There are scattered losses to the gesso decoration on the frame. The sight size of the painting is about 10" X 8". The overall framed size is 20 1/2" X 18 3/4". The artist was also the author of a book for artists published in Dresden in 1899. The title of the book is Studies in Anatomy of Humans and Animals for Artists.
LARGE 19TH CENTURY ARTIST SIGNED WHITE METAL SCULPTURE
An exceptional painted white metal sculpture by noted French artist Charles Georges Ferville Suan. Its original intent was as a fireplace insert, meant to decorate a fireplace during the months when it was not being used to heat. The statue depicts Cleopatra reclining in a hammock suspended by hieroglyph incised obelisks. Perhaps the design is a reference to Napoleon's French campaign in Egypt. There are a few unobtrusive losses and there is some cracking to the candelabra sections. The base measures 38" long and 12" wide. The height to the top of the urns is 33 1/2". This would be a wonderful garden sculpture in a protected setting!
Ferville-Suan was born in LeMans, France in 1847. He died there in 1925. He studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, a pupil of Francois Jouffroy, and exhibited at the Salon during the years 1872 - 1909.
WATERCOLOR OF A MONK SAMPLING THE WINE STORES
This is a beautifully painted work of a monk sampling the wine as he is tapping the cask and bottling the final product. The work dates to the latter part of the 19th century. It is signed with an illegible first name and the last name Schaefer. The artist is possibly Maximillian Schaefer, 1861 - 1916, a talented but little known artist from Belgium. The watercolor is in excellent condition. It is housed in a a deeply cut gold mat and framed. The sight size of the painting is 8" X 10". The overall size framed is 20 1/2" X 18 1/2".
WATERCOLOR OF WINDMILLS AND SHEEP BY HUGO ANTON FISHER
This is a large and beautifully done watercolor by Hugo Anton Fisher 1854 - 1916. Fisher was born in Czechoslovakia the son and grandson of artists and the father of two artists as well. He began painting In Europe. At age 23 he moved to New York. At age 32 in the year 1886 he moved to Alameda, California. Around 1896 he had a studio in Honolulu, Hawaii. He returned to California where he died in 1916. Fisher is best known for his watercolors and has a special talent for capturing animals in his landscapes. This bright beautiful work, signed lower left, has a sight measurement of 25 1/2" X 15 3/4". It is framed in a very nice gold leaf frame that appears original to the piece. The wood backing has caused two lightly toned areas slightly visible in the white clouds. The overall measurement of the framed work is 30 5/8" X 20 7/8".