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.
Item ID: JB01961
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