For the collector of early, 19th century California art, here is an east coast-style still life work, 10" by 14 1/2", unframed, signed at lower right "Bertie L Emery" and dated there 1892. The shallow dish holds oranges, grapes, a banana, and possibly slices of cake or bread, the dish resting on a white cloth, on an unseen tabletop. Interestingly for art history, Emery signs her first name as "Bertie". The artist, BERTHA LUCE EMERY (1873-1957) is today closely associated with watercolors of Mendocino County landscapes, generally executed after 1915. Prior to that year she painted in oil as well. Emery was a student of the noted Ukiah artist Grace Hudson, and Lorenzo P. Latimer. She ran a millinery business for more than 40 years, while painting in her leisure time. This work is a survivor of time, and is obviously in need of significant restoration. It will need to be relined, inpainted, and cleaned. SEE HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND DRAWINGS IN MY SHOP.
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