Artist signed oil painting, Anne WOLFERS, c1890 (School of Cari Larsson) Large & original 19th c. French oak frame.
Antique oil painting in the Trompe L'oeil "Tableau du Morte" (painting of death) or fruits of the hunt theme - a duck hanging on a kitchen wall, ahead of the feast it represents. The artist is not known to us other than by the initials, A L, and he or she has dated the work 1890. This type of painting has its roots in Flemish and Germanic scenes of the preparations for feast, or end of a hunting day, and is not a celebration of hunting or killing, but is like a prayer for bounty and plenty and for a table always with food upon it. The paintings are often, like this one, depictions that truly almost come to life, the game hen, duck, rabbit or other meat animal or bird is usually always hung upside down and the boards of wall or cabinet behind are treated in often very realistic detail. A true still life. The painting remains in the original large and lustrous oak frame, which has a gold painted bevel that serves as a mat of sorts around the aperture. The outer frame is large at 31.75" x 25.75" and is around 1" in thickness (flat boards in lovely old grain oak). We have done very little to this painting since it arrived from France. A touch-up on the oak stain on frame in upper right corner is warranted, but we'll leave it to the next owner's discretion. A bit of rustic befits these old paintings.
Very good to excellent for age and type, the wonderful old oak frame is original to the painting, too. One area upper right on frame could benefit from just a touchup on the stain (view images to see what I mean). The painting is in oil on board, so no holes nor really any damage to report.
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