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Folk Art, Still Life with Watermelon on
Ironstone Platter on White Cloth
Attributed to Daniel McDowell, Knox County,
Ohio, circa 1860-1880
Oil on canvas, dusting of mica on watermelons
(Frame: 27.75" x 21"; view: 23" x 16.25") - SOLD

From an exhibition review by Tim Higgins of:
A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America,
published in The Morning Call: "Watermelon
Wedges on a White Cloth" by Daniel
McDowell is one of the artist's two known
existing still lifes’. It portrays watermelon
slices, as realistically rendered as possible,
arranged on a lustrous white tablecloth. It's a
beautiful work, all the more astonishing as McDowell
wasn't known as an artist, but as a furniture maker.


Folk Art, Still Life with Watermelon on Ironstone Platter on White Cloth
Attributed to Daniel McDowell, Knox County, Ohio, circa 1860-1880
Oil on canvas, dusting of mica on watermelons, entire view

This still life is shrouded with an air of stillness as the vivid, sharply delineated watermelon
slices emerge from a dark background. This, the third known version of the artist’s watermelon
still life is unsigned, it shares almost identical dimensions and composition to the masterpiece in
the Barbara Gordon Collection, exhibited and published in A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in
America
(Art Services International, Skira Rizzoli Publishing, 2014, pp.136, 137, 138, 139).
McDowell earned his living as a maker and painter of furniture, which is evidenced in the
sculptural contours of the scalloped platter holding the watermelon in the second version, and
the tablecloth folds in both the Gordon and the current versions. The dots ornamenting the
tablecloth are placed with a precise and steady hand as are the neatly grouped watermelon
seeds embedded in the pink flesh. The tablecloth folds are rendered with cast shadows, a
sophisticated element not expected from a so-called primitive painter. The solidity of the cloth’s
folds recalls the carved wood drapery from horse drawn hearses of the period. The overlap of
the watermelon slices is done with exquisite precision yet the seeds lying on the tray and table
and the small watermelon rind display a random placement. McDowell demonstrates an
intriguing mix of formal painting ability with primitive/untrained qualities: the scalloped tray in the
non-Gordon painting tilts up rather than receding as does the tabletop in the two other versions,
showing the artist’s inability to use one-point perspective. Perhaps this, the simpler tray version
is earlier than the other two, which are so close in their composition and forms, as they show
only slight differences in seed placement, tablecloth folds, and proportions of solid forms to
space.

The composition has a striking modernist/abstract appearance, recalling the works of early
twentieth-century American artists who collected and/or were influenced by primitive/folk art, like
Charles Sheeler, Marsden Hartley, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi.

Condition: near original, no restoration or cleaning [as found] some minor lifting of canvas from
hardboard support at corner, layer of dirt/grime. The work is mounted within a period gilt frame;
canvas is mounted on early hardboard, likely in the 1920s. This painting was inspected by
paintings conservator Tom Yost in December 2019, he stated that because of the application of
“sparkle” (likely mica dust?) to the watermelon, it is not advisable to clean the painting as it
would result in either removal of that original application or if he cleaned around it, a difference
in color value between the watermelon and the rest of the painting. The painting displays well
as-is.

SOLD

1292-1




Schoolgirl Watercolor on Velvet, Floral Theorem Within Gilt Frame
Anonymous, Early 19th Century
An unusually small rose and rosebud composition - SOLD


Antique Schoolgirl Theorem on Velvet, Anonymous, 19th Century, entire view

(Minor frame imperfection otherwise fine: frame: 7 by 6"; view: 5 by 4.25")

SOLD

640-62




Folk Art Still Life Painting,
Watermelon and Fruits
Anonymous, American, Circa 1880-1900
Oil on academy board, label:
Favor & Ruhl, New York - SOLD


Folk Art Still Life Painting, Watermelon and Fruits
Anonymous, American, Circa 1880-1900
Oil on academy board, label: Favor & Ruhl, New York, entire view

A bounty of melon and fruits on platter, bright colors.
Mounted within a period molded gilt frame.
(Frame: 22.25" x 28.25"; view: 23.25" x 17.25")

SOLD

659-215




Painted Theorem Still Life on Velvet, Bird, Butterfly and Floral
Early Nineteenth Century
Unknown Maker
A parrot like bird and butterfly centered by floral wreath - SOLD


Painted Theorem Still Life on Velvet, Bird, Butterfly and Floral
Early Nineteenth Century, entire view

The work is mounted within a period gilt frame and features an eglomise mat; material is evenly toned and displays good color; not examined out of frame; originality of frame unknown. (Frame: 22 by 19"; view: 19.75 by 16.75")

1033-1 - SOLD




Painting, Lilacs Blossoms on Open Book, on Marble Top Table
American, 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Lilac Blossoms on Marble Top Table Painting, 19th Century, entire view

(24 by 28”)

659-107 - SOLD




Still Life, Spilled Basket of Fruits, Halved Walnut, Grape Vine, Leaves, and Tendrils
Anonymous, Circa 1890 (Illegible signature) - SOLD


Antique Still Life of Spilled Basket of Fruits, Anonymous, Circa 1890, entire view

(Very minor restoration, original stretcher; 12 by 29”)

659-99 - SOLD




Theorem, Watercolor Theorem Painting, Fruits Arranged in Transparent Compote
American School, Possibly New York, 1840’s, Probably Original Frame - SOLD


Antique Watercolor Theorem Painting, American School, Circa 1840's, entire view

(19 by 17”)

659-92 - SOLD




Theorem, Schoolgirl Watercolor on Velvet, Fruits in Basket, New England Folk Art
Found in Vermont Many Years Ago, Circa 1830
Lovely small composition, fruits in basket, likely the original frame - SOLD


Theorem, Schoolgirl Watercolor on Velvet, Fruits in Basket, New England Folk Art
Found in Vermont Many Years Ago, Circa 1830, entire view

(Typical toning, else fine; 13.75 by 11”)

606-116 - SOLD




Tinsel Painting, Tinsel Picture, Floral Motif against Black
Anonymous, Circa 1880
A forgotten folk art, competently rendered - SOLD


Antique Tinsel Floral Motif Painting, Circa 1880, entire view

(23.25 by 19.5")

659-70 - SOLD




Schoolgirl Theorem, Watercolor on Velvet, Basket of Flowers on Wispy Matt
Anonymous, Likely New England, Circa 1834 to 1840
A lovely rendering featuring a bright blue iris and other flowers - SOLD


Schoolgirl Theorem, Watercolor on Velvet, Basket of Flowers on Wispy Matt
Anonymous, Likely New England, Circa 1834 to 1840, entire view

(Excellent condition; frame: 21.75 by 19.25"; view: 16.75 by 15.25")

659-87 - SOLD




Theorem, Schoolgirl Watercolor Painting on Velvet, Basket of Fruits and Foliage
New England, Early 19th Century - SOLD


Theorem, Schoolgirl Watercolor Painting on Velvet, Basket of Fruits and Foliage
New England, Early 19th Century, entire view

This composition, a bounty of fruits, berries, foliage and tendrils arranged within a wonderful woven basket with fancifully scrolled handles rests on a leafy matt and is mounted within a gilt frame. (Typical and good condition commensurate with age, not examined out of frame; frame: 16.75 by 14.5", sight-size: 12.75 by 10.5")

1002-190 - SOLD




Still Life Painting, Basket of Fruits, Grape Vine, Leaves and Tendrils
Anonymous, American School, 19th Century
A decorative painting in period gilt frame - SOLD


Still Life Painting, Basket of Fruits, Grape Vine, Leaves and Tendrils
Anonymous, American School, 19th Century, entire view

(Oil on canvas mounted on academy board, in-painting; (Frame: 24.5 by 28", sight-size: 19.5 by 23")

928-57 - SOLD




Still Life, Fall River School, Fruits on Table, Gilt Frame
Massachusetts, Late 19th or Early 20th Century
Anonymous, in the circle of R.S. Dunning - SOLD


Still Life, Fall River School, Fruits on Table, Gilt Frame
Massachusetts, Late 19th or Early 20th Century, entire view

(Excellent unlined condition; frame: 27.5 by 23.5", sight-size: 15.25 by 19.25")

570-434 - SOLD




Antique Still Life Painting, Basket of Fruits, Oil on Paperboard
New England, Anonymous
Late 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Still Life Painting, Basket of Fruits, Oil on Paperboard
New England, Anonymous
Late 19th Century, entire view

Light cleaning and minor in-painting limited to small area of tablecloth
Frame: 16 by 14.5" view: 12.75 by 11.25"

161-54 - SOLD




Watercolor, Pot of Flowers, Composition Cut and Applied to Paper
Label identifying maker as Mary Griswald
Probably Connecticut
19th Century
Flowers and foliage within bright blue pot ornamented with red saw tooth design - SOLD


Watercolor, Pot of Flowers, Composition Cut and Applied to Paper
Label identifying maker as Mary Griswald
Probably Connecticut
19th Century, entire view

(Frame: 10.25 by 8 3/8"; sight-size: 8.25 by 6 3/8)

336-132 - SOLD




Folk Art Watercolor and Theorem Painting, Watermelon on Platter
New England
Anonymous
19th Century
The melon on platter and a bunch of grapes precariously balanced on marble slab - SOLD


Folk Art Watercolor and Theorem Painting, Watermelon on Platter
New England
Anonymous
19th Century, entire view

The work is mounted within a gilt frame of the period, measures 20 by 24"; very good condition, foam-core backing; not examined out of frame. (16 by 20" sight-size)

508-47 - SOLD




Theorem, Painting on Paper
Artist Unidentified
Circa 1825 - SOLD


Theorem, Painting on Paper
Artist Unidentified
Circa 1825, entire view

Within the wonderful yellow basket displayed on a blue and green featherlike tablemat is a composition of fruits, foliage and tendrils done freehand and with stencil. This composition remains in bright; paper mounted on backboard with typical toning to background. (Overall 19 by 16.5")

HWA-82 - SOLD




Still Life, Fruit Compote, Oil on Canvas - SOLD


Still Life, Fruit Compote, Oil on Canvas, entire view

Dimensions: 41.25 by 27.25" frame, 35.75 by 21.75" sight-size.

223-20 - SOLD




Still Life
Basket of Peaches
American
Circa 1900 - SOLD


Still Life
Basket of Peaches
American
Circa 1900, entire view

As depicted, basket of peaches set upon grasses and fine wildflowers. This picture mounted within carved frame and having a pine stretcher should be cleaned, otherwise excellent.
Dimensions: 23.25 by 19.25" frame, 19.5 by 15.5" sight-size.

171-70 - SOLD




Watercolor Theorem - SOLD


Watercolor Theorem, entire view

Measures 20.75 by 23.5".

198-7 - SOLD




Classical Still Life Painting, Riches of Mother Nature with Spaniel
Anonymous, probably English
19th Century
Oil on canvas - SOLD


Classical Still Life Painting, Riches of Mother Nature with Spaniel
Anonymous, probably English
19th Century, entire view

An expressive still life with a wealthy abundance of mature and exotic fruits, vegetables, flowers, and a spaniel, neatly arranged on a marble table centered by drapery opened to a column on plinth before a beautiful blue sky featuring a sunrise palate. The scale, color, light and contrast are splendid. Relined and mounted on strainer, some in-painting and current minor imperfections.
(View area: 35 by 48; overall: 44 by 55")

581-9 - SOLD




Theorem
Watercolor on Paper
19th Century - SOLD


Theorem
Watercolor on Paper
19th Century, entire view

Colorful floral watercolor in very good condition. The theorem is framed in a period frame that is possibly original to the piece.
Dimensions: 15 5/8 by 15 5/8" frame, 10 5/8 by 10 5/8" sight-size.

475-69 - SOLD




Theorem Watercolor on Velvet, Bright Color, Large Format
Watermelon, Other Fruits and Bird
Anonymous
Circa 1840 - SOLD


Theorem Watercolor on Velvet, Bright Color, Large Format
Watermelon, Other Fruits and Bird
Anonymous
Circa 1840, entire view

The unidentified artist filled the overflowing wide shallow basket with sliced melon, grapes; pineapple, lemons and other fruits.
This composition measures 29 by 22.75" overall; view area: 25 by 19".

384-56 - SOLD




Still Life With Fruit
Oil on Canvas - SOLD


Still Life With Fruit
Oil on Canvas, entire view

Oil on canvas still life of fruit - peaches, grapes, cantaloupe, plums, etc - in a wicker basket and on plates, glass of water, atop a marble topped table, in a gilt and gesso frame, patch on the reverse, some minor scattered in-painting. (31 ¾" x 27" framed, 27 ¼" x 23" view.)

467-9 - SOLD




Watercolor Theorems, Botanical Arrangements, Still Life Paintings
New England
Circa 1830
Watercolor on velvet, hand painted and stenciled by a young lady being schooled in the genteel manner; probably inspired by floral engravings - SOLD


Watercolor Theorems, Botanical Arrangements, Still Life Paintings
New England
Circa 1830, entire view

Neatly rendered yet unconstrained compositions featuring fluted blue compote and a basket on grassy green matt, each holding lovely flowers and plant materials. The handling of the work including plant selection, placement of flowers, foliage; detail, and imagery combine to produce a highly individualized, semiformal arrangement. The works are mounted within matching painted frames of the period. Foxing, toning, and water stains as shown.

1004-3 - SOLD




Still Life Painting, Oysters and Beer, Signed E.G. Cole – 1887, American - SOLD


Still Life Painting, Oysters and Beer, Signed E.G. Cole – 1887, American, entire view

Original Frame Oil on canvas within lovely frame, fine original condition…

659-169 - SOLD




Pastel Still Life, Oranges, Raspberries, Lemons, Period Gilt Frame
Anonymous, Late 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Pastel Still Life of Orangs and Raspberries, Late 19th Century, entire view

(Frame: 14 by 12”, sight-size: 11.5 by 9”)

1079-4 - SOLD




Pastel Still Life, Peaches, Grapes, Leaves on Marble Slab, Period Veneered Frame
Anonymous, Late 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Pastel Still Life with Peaches and Grapes, Late 19th Century, entire view

(Frame: 14.25 by 11.25”, sight-size: 11.5 by 8.75”)

1079-5 - SOLD


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