131126_045

Still Life

Unknown American Artist

Mid 19th Century

Oil on Canvas

Image 30” x 40” (Frame  33½” x 43½”)

Ref. No. 131126_045

Found in a Nashville, Tennessee collection in what appears to be the original silver leaf (views golden) frame. Note a fleshy green caterpillar ascending a grape vine sited above a small slice of watermelon at the center of the arrangement. The size and subject would be a logical compliment to a Federal sideboard. Good condition. With uneven varnish, minor areas of in-paint and imperfections. Canvas secure although slightly loose on stretcher. Surface is rich having escaped any hard cleanings.

$10,500.