An appealing antique Victorian still life of hydrangeas, violets, and a fan, a thoroughly romantic confection. The Victorians loved nature in all her profusion so the subject matter is spot-on and perfectly complements the gently faded presence of the piece as a whole. A perfect state of 'romantic decay.'
The fragility of the blooms in this painting, just cut and on the cusp of wilting, the fan which concealed a flirting smile set aside, suggest a poignant narrative. The specific flowers depicted telling perhaps of an unrequited love, as the Victorians spoke in Floriography (the language of flowers), in which blue violets represent faithfulness while hydrangeas convey heartlessness.
This painting is beautifully framed in what appears to be its original wooden frame with a wide gold liner. Ready to hang. I will have a dust cover applied to this piece (paper on the back) before it ships as it needs one.
CONDITION is good, this is a very appealing piece. There has been restoration at some point, and the varnish is uneven in places with one small spot of in-painting in the lower right corner. The frame has a couple of small losses and touch-ups, but this painting is, overall, a lovely period piece. Signed at the lower left "R A Kendall" There is also some illegible writing in pencil on the top stretcher, although I think the last word is 'Kendall', the artists name. Measures 22" x 17 7/8" overall, with a sight size of 15 3/8" x 11 1/2". Weighs 6 lbs. 1 oz.
This would be a wonderful painting in a boudoir or dressing room. but could easily serve in any sheltered spot. It suggests much, and while its original intent may be long forgotten, it speaks to us in an evocative whisper. Enjoy!
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