Oil on canvas laid on board painting of bright red apples spilling out of a hat, oval shaped, 11 5/8" by 15 1/2" plus interesting old frame of 1 5/8" width on a side, unsigned. By repute, this work was said to have been by the noted American-English painter GEORGE HARVEY (1800-1878), but without a signature, it is difficult to proceed further in that direction. Still life paintings by George Harvey have approached the $10,000 area. However it should be noted that Harvey did paint apples, peaches and plums in this manner, and at least one painting in the auction records shows apples spilling out of a hat. The painting was laid long ago on the board. I do not know if it might possibly have been rectangular at one time, or, if it was painted as an oval. The quality of the painting though speaks for itself. If not by Harvey, then this was painted by another artist that is definitely listed. The realism of the apples is startling. A classic work of American 19th century art.
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