American still life oil on canvas, not signed on the front, "Waterbury" and "Montrose Gallery" on the reverse, housed in a LABELED authentic Newcomb-Macklin frame bearing what appear to be mostly handwritten framer's sizing numbers. The painting measures 24" by 20" on the stretchers, the frame 28" by 24" (the rabbet 24 1/4" by 20 1/4"). The frame bears both the New York Newcomb-Macklin dark label and a silvery partial label that reads "Exhibited at the Arnot Art Gallery/194_" (the last number never written in). As there do not seem to be any significant artists by the name "Waterbury", I contacted the gallery in Elmira, New York to see if they had further information. They were not able to provide any information on the painting. My thinking is that the painting, might well have nothing to do with the frame and its label----perhaps a competent California painting that someone decided to put into a very common size Newcomb-Macklin frame. In any event both frame and painting are attractive. The frame has wear on the most exposed surfaces, that wear essentially mixing in with the antiqued surface. If you are interested more in the frame than the painting, I would be happy to send additional photos of the frame and its condition.
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