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Antique Still Life Oil Painting in French Frame, Fruits of the Hunt Theme, Hare, Hens, Lettuce
A mid-1800s oil painting, artist noted on back side (Benjamin Blake . . . ) this is in the Flemish tradition of still life of the kitchen, always filled with game, vegetables, pots. Fruits of the hunt, also sometimes called "le Morte" for the dead animals and birds, the paintings are really a celebration of plenty. The good life! A full meal about to be prepared and enjoyed. This one has a cabbage head fluffy and full behind the hanging hare and game bird, and numerous water fowl, a crockery pitcher in view. Wonderful palette as well, in this small painting. The frame is a period French plaster appliqué one, certainly the old original to this stretched canvas work of folk art. I find no signature discernible on the painting, but the notation on back side might well be its artist. Frame and painting measurements are noted on our photos, but it is a moderately small one, perfect to put on easel on your countertop or shelves, or to hang on the wall. Frame: 18" x 16" x 2.25" and painting is 12" x 10".
Very good to excellent for age and type, there are no holes or splits or losses to the oil painting, and also the old frame is as close to original as we ever find them. I see one small spot where it needs a touch-up of gilding, but the gesso/plaster appliqué work isn't broken or much damaged by time, which is rare.
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