This grand old chromolithograph is a yardlong of double violets by Mary Hart. It dates to around 1899, and is just a beautiful study of white and purple violets. Some violets spill from a vase, while others are couched in bouquets and ribbons. Mary Hart was known as "the violet artist", and she was painting about the same time as her peer, Paul de Longpre. Violets are often more difficult to paint than roses, especially so the double violets, as there are so many petals, and multiple flowers needed to create a single bunch.
This yardlong is a chromolithograph and really has wonderful color. It was printed by the Gray Lithographic Company of New York. Please note, there is a little glass glare on the left of the photos, but the color is quite uniform and vibrant. This print is in near fine condition, but for a small edge darkened area on the right. This probably occurred from it being rolled up for so many years, perhaps that paper edge was in contact with some adjacent item. The background is a very light beige with just a hint of buttercream yellow. If you look closely, there is a little love note at the bottom area. Indeed, this is one of Hart's best works.
The print is housed in a quarter sawn oak frame, with a lovely minial ray grain pattern. At each quadrant is a three dimensional burnished brass corner embellishment. Overall size is 10.5 x 32.75 inches. We do welcome all layaways, which can help one acquire fine items over time, so have a peek in our shop, where you can often combine purchases to save postage. We now accept all online bank cards via Amazon Payments, which is much like Paypal, and we do take checks and money orders.
Item ID: 1982
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