Oil on canvas painting of purple Concord grapes arranged naturally on the ground, 14" by 18" (" by " in frame), signed at lower right by the master still life painter of the late 19th century, CARDUCIUS PLANTAGENET REAM (1837-1917). Ream was born in Ohio. He lived in New York and Cincinnati before returning to the Chicago where he established himself as arguably the city's best and most famous painter of still life, though he did also paint landscapes, portraits and figures. Nevertheless it is for his cold, still still life paintings that he is known today, with the finest examples selling at auction in the vicinity of $25,000. This example has been professionally cleaned and restored by Yost Conservation of Connecticut. Some unstable paint at the very top was stabilized and two small losses inpainted elsewhere in the composition. The frame will go with the painting should the buyer desire to keep them together, though I believe a different variety of frame might be more suitable to this kind of work. See the net for other examples of Ream's paintings. **I will shortly be listing a watercolor painting by the artist's younger brother, Morston Ream.**
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