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Early American Furnishings

American Still Life, c.1875


an American School Still Life; oil on canvas; unsigned; after the original, “Stillleben mit Weinglas und Fruchten”, by Johann Wilhelm Preyer (1803-1889); relined on original stretchers; repair to damage in left background and some in-painting to flaking of subject; in a 19th Century birds-eye maple frame with contemporary gilt spacer; prints were made of Preyer’s most successful originals and often copied by American artists in the late 19th Century (see the original Preyer version as well as others below); image dimensions: 15” x 11” (scroll down for detail)



Ketterer and Kunst Auctioneers, Germany

A private collector at the sale went home with this 13″ x 17″ vivid and crisp relined still life oil on canvas. The unsigned painting was attributed to Johann Wilhelm Preyer (1803-1889) and sold just under the $15,000/25,000 estimate for $12,650. A print (not shown) identical to and apparently made from this painting, signed “J W Preyer,” was offered at the sale and brought $345. Sideli photo. Robert C. Eldred Co., Inc., East Dennis, Massachusetts, March 28-29, 2003. (

a somewhat altered goblet version with an S. Roesen signature (

another American School version