Long panels such as this were often made to insert into multi-screen room dividers in Victorian homes. In this wonderful example, the talented artist was definitely immersed in the 19th century naturalistic movement that was then popular; the type of subject matter that included all subjects in nature presented in their true state.
In this panel, the skilled artist used heavily flowering dogwood rose vines to bring the beauty of nature into his composition. There is another tubular flowering vine that has worked its way around the roses and toward the top. A very charming vignette shows a pair of birds feeding a youngster in the nest that is partially obscured by flowers. The rose leaves display a great attention to detail, as do the large thorns protruding from the vines.
The bottom portion of the composition is filled with the flowering vines. Jutting out from the stone wall is a lion corbel. It is placed in the middle of the top section surrounded by all of the action; this touch adds to its old-world feel. The artist captured the essence of a very old stone wall that provides a sophisticated background for his naturalistic features.
Inside the stone arch and sitting on a ledge is a vase of beautiful mixed spring flowers, including tulips, irises, a large orange poppy with a black center, roses and others. These blooms explode in form and color. The bulbous vase with its narrow neck was placed on a small hanging banner embroidered along the edges.
This is a fabulous decorative piece of Victorian art. It is one of four panels that originally made a huge room divider. Only this panel of the four had the manufacturer’s stamp on the back of the canvas. This stamp helps to date these works of art as the manufacturer, George Priest, according to information from Britain’s National Portrait Gallery, was only in business from 1849 to 1865, when he died. Priest is known to have undertaken framing work from some important artists of his time, and he accompanied artist David Cox on some of his working field trips to North Wales.
The stamp reads: “G. Priest, PICTURE LINER, & c. 31, Navigation St., Birm., ARTIST’S JOINERS & c., General Dealer in Materials, Wholesale and Retail.” As a note, Priest’s wife, Hannah, according to the Gallery, was listed as trading as a dressmaker from this address after his death.
In order to bring this piece back its original beauty, I have had it professionally cleaned. It is in ready-to-display condition. Please note: The first photo was taken indoors, while the rest were taken outside.
Its unusual scale permits it to be used creatively where other pieces would not show as well. It is a complimentary pair to another from the four in the original room divider that I have listed separately. (See photos showing both together.)
It measures 25-1/4 inches wide and 79-5/8 inches high.
Large and Impressive Victorian Mid-19th Century Oil Painting of a Vase of Flowers in a Vine-Covered Wall
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