Oil on canvas still life of red roses on a table with ceramic vessel, 17" by 39" as framed. The painting is executed in the Victorian style, but I think it probably dates to the final years of the 19th century or early years of the 20th. I cannot find a signature. There is a framer's stamp on the stretcher from Grand Rapids, Michigan, giving some hint as to its origin perhaps. Also the corner keys are of the post-1885 style. Considering its age, the work is clean, but there are several small punctures as shown. The one at left is less than an inch in length and easily repaired. These old still life works with roses in whitish frames are very popular with fans of Shabby Chic design. There was a custom around the late 19th and early 20th century in which young women receiving formal or informal schooling in the domestic arts were expected to be able to paint and be artistic; many such works were painted by these now anonymous young women.
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