PAIR of watercolors, the larger of raspberries on the vine, painted with amazing attention to detail and realism, measuring 10 3/4" by 8" inside the mat; the smaller painting of three bright red cherries and a leaf, measuring 6" by 9" inside the mat, BOTH SIGNED AT LOWER RIGHT with initials "M. C. R.". Since acquiring these works together at a shop in California's Gold Country a few years back, I have attempted to figure out who might have created them. A logical choice would be American still life artist Morston C. Ream (1840-1898), but I cannot find examples in watercolor, and the signature is not typical. The works themselves give no clue. On the reverse paper of one is "watercolor acquired 1954, restored 7/19/78 L.K.M.". The raspberry drawing is laid on an old board, and on the reverse of that are old framer's instructions, as well as the address "1805 27 Ave. Fruitvale"; this is today's Oakland, California. So we have some indication that these were likely in California for a long time, and possibly even by a California artist. He or she was obviously highly talented. The drawing of the raspberries in particular is superb. Condition is very good, both laid down by framers(the cherries at a much later date). They are not identically framed. The raspberries' frame is presently dark green, though I think that originally it was natural oak. This is a really beautiful pair of still lifes. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS OF ART NOW IN MY SHOP.
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