This is a magnificent pair antique oil on canvas European School still-life paintings with stunning gilt and gesso frames and dating from the late 19th century.
This splendid pair feature beautiful bouquets of flowers in vases on a stone ledge.
They are housed in their magnificent gilt gesso frames which are decorated with superb foliate decoration.
Add these splendid antique paintings to a very special wall in your home.
In excellent condition the paintings and frames having been beautifully cleaned in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 49 x Width 36 x Depth 6 – Frame
Height 38 x Width 25 – Canvas
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 7 inches x Width 1 foot, 2 inches x Depth 2 inches – Frame
Height 1 foot, 3 inches x Width 10 inches – Canvas
A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural food, flowers, dead animals, plants, or man-made drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry.
With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Graeco-Roman art, still-life painting emerged as a distinct genre and professional specialisation in Western painting by the late 16th century, and has remained significant since then. A still life form gives the artist more freedom in the arrangement of elements within a composition than do paintings of other types of subjects such as landscape or portraiture.
Still life, as a particular genre, began with Netherlandish painting of the 16th and 17th centuries. Early still-life paintings, particularly before 1700, often contained religious and allegorical symbolism relating to the objects depicted. Some modern still life work breaks the two dimensional barrier and employs three dimensional mixed media, and uses found objects, photography, computer graphics, as well as video and sound.
The term includes the painting of dead animals, especially game. Live ones are considered animal art, although in practice they were often painted from dead models. The still life category also shares commonalities with zoological and especially botanical illustration, where there has been considerable overlap among artists.
Generally a still life includes a fully depicted background, and puts aesthetic rather than illustrative concerns as primary.
Our reference: A2032