Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

American or European School Still Life, c.1865


an unsigned oil on canvas still life of fruit and leafage on a silver salver; this example illustrates the realism and simple subject matter made popular by Europe’s influence on America, as well as by the “Philadelphia School” of the second and third quarter of the 19th Century; the exceptionally rendered apricot twigs and leaves, as well as the contrasting values of the olive background, are reminiscent of a number of contemporary examples by various members of the Peale Family; very fine overall crackle; the painting has been relined on new stretchers; ultraviolet reveals no visible repairs or significant retouch; in a period gilt over composition frame; image dimensions: 17 ½” x 13 ½” (scroll down for detail)