This relatively late Theorem (3rd quarter of the 19th Century) of mixed flowers remains unusually bright for its age due to the rarely seen use of oil paints in the creation of theorems. The Theorem features a mixed bouquet of peonies accented with forget-me-nots and a single white lily. The forget-me-nots are highly detailed and are created with a heavier use of applied paint to the paper. This gives some texture to the Theorem. The imaginative use of red and black India ink to detail the peonies and the lily provides them with a greater depth than what is normally seen in a Theorem. This provides, in our opinion, a very creative method to provide presence to the bouquet. The use of the oils and the inks make a very distinctive presentation.
This Theorem very well may have been created to be given as a wedding gift. In the Victorian language of flowers, the use of the flowers and ferns in this Theorem all relate to love, faithfulness and marriage. The Victorian flower meanings are as follows:
The Forget-Me-Nots mean "faithful & true love;" the White lily means "purity, virginity, majesty and heavenly to be with you;" the Peonie can mean "happy marriage and youth;" and the surrounding ferns: the maiden-head fern means "the secret bond of love" and the royal fern means "reverie." As a result, one can see that this work was purposefully and thoughtfully created.
Walnut and gilt on gesso frame with glass is from the 1870s. While this frame is old, it is probably not the original frame.
The overall condition is excellent. The forget-me-nots have crazing within them because of the heavier use of the oil paint.
Dimensions: Gross Dimensions: 17 9/16" W x 15 5/8" H; Viewing area: 13 ¾" W x 11 ½" H.
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