The pair of antique paintings will make for a highly decorative addition to a home. One of the apparently unsigned and undated works features mostly vegetables, with a game bird and possibly a fish, while in the other work, fruit predominates. The rustic paintings were executed by a competent though not highly refined hand. Measurements are similar but not identical. The vegetable piece measures 19 1/2" by 28" and 26" by 34 1/4" framed; the fruit work 23 1/2" by 31 3/4" and 31" by 39" framed (though, the frame styles are identical). Judging the date is difficult but I believe late 19th or very early 20th century at the latest would be accurate. They do appear to be of French origin. Both show evidence of their age; one has a Y shaped puncture at upper right, and the center stretcher bar shows through; the other (the fruit piece) evidently had a major vertical rip in the past, which has been repaired with a reverse patch and overpainting as seen. The restoration could have been better but it saved the painting. Indeed when hanging on the wall, the damaged area is not immediately visible as other than a bumpy uneven area. While not a great restoration job, in this sort of decorative antique art, the damage is not a fatal situation by any means. Hang the paintings in a kitchen or dining area perhaps in a country home.
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