I bought this from another Ruby Lane shop some time ago. It was just too charming to resist. It is painted on an old framed school slate. In the late 1800s painting on common items such as slates and wooden bowls was a popular venue for aspiring artists. The front of the slate's frame was painted black at some point but is still the natural color on the back. The back side of the slate itself is also unpainted and could still be used to write on. There is a saw-tooth hanger attached for hanging. The frame is wood and is put together with dovetail joins. The paint is quite textured on the snow, trees, and roof of the barn ...somewhat less on the water and sky. Mica flecks in the snowy areas give an icy sparkle. Notice the subtle display of clouds and the waning winter sun in the sky! Folk art has been an ever increasingly popular genre for collectors. One has only to look at the prices being realized at auctions nowadays to see the rise in popularity of folk art.
Country of Origin: United States. (Reportedly Virginia).
Size: 14 1/2" wide x 10 1/4" high.
Circa: 1880 to 1900.
Condition: Good Antique Condition. There are some expected nicks, dings and scratches to the paint. There's a small chip in the slate in the bottom left corner. The frame is unconnected at one corner. The overall condition is as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners.
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