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c1898 Violets Tin Charger Maud Stumm Chromolithograph Antique Victorian
Antique Violets Charger by Maud Stumm.
This circa 1898 oversized large tin charger is by the Victorian artist, Maud Stumm (see biography below). It is a wonderful study of freshly picked violets held in a shallow crystal bowl. The colors are beautiful, as bright as the day it was originally made. This charger design was printed via chromolithography, and the color layers align in perfect register. It also has a burnished gold rim. It has the design recessed into the shallow tin shape. On the back is the original hanging metal strap, still intact. The charger is in VG condition with almost no wear, just a couple rubs, not detracting, but mentioned for accuracy. Overall size is 17.5 inches in diameter. We've had this same piece once before, and it was marked on the back "Compliments of Bartels Brewing Company., Kingston Station, Wilkes-Barre, PA". The Bartels Brewing Co opened in 1898 and closed in 1906, so this piece was most likely a grand opening promotional item.
Stumm Biography: (b. 1866, d. 1935)
Known as a portrait, figure, and still-life painter, Maud Stumm was born near Cleveland, Ohio, about 1866, the daughter of Frank A. and Lucy Stumm. After receiving her early education in the Cleveland public schools, she pursued her art education, from 1884 to 1888, at the Cleveland Art Club, and then attended the Art Students League in New York, where her instructors were Kenyon Cox and Siddons Mowbray.
During the early 1890's, her watercolors were shown at the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the Boston Art Club. Later, after study in Paris with Oliver Merson (circa 1894-1895), she returned to New York. Stumm was well known for her floral studies and also those of women as actresses, showgirls, and bathing girl poses. Stumm exhibited also in Nantucket and Paris, and several of her watercolor studies are signed with the city of Paris, France.
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