A small signature in initials, only, "AD" on this pair of "nature mortes" (still life) oil paintings done on old beveled panels of wood. In hand crafted heavy old wood frames, they make a wonderful set. Early to mid-1800s, certifiably, and part of a genre that is both still life and "trompe l'oeil". These type of paintings are like little prayers of thanks for the plentiful bounty of the hunt, and yet often show just a couple of small dead birds, humble and yet still a prayer of thanks. The genre extended from those c.1500s ones out of Northern Europe, often Flemish, which are just thrilling to see - feast in the making. This oil paintings (pair) are offered together as one pair, as noted, and date mid-1800s, but have not been dated on the painting, itself. You are buying both paintings in frames in this offering.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, there is no loss to holes, tears, etc., since the panels are wood. From backside, you can see that one has a hairline which only very very faintly shows to the painted side, just above the bird's foot (the one that shows a little blood on body), and extends about half an inch down from top. The outer frames are slightly different, but approximately 13" x 9" and 2.5" in depth. The paintings are 7.75" x 5.5", birds approximately life sized.
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