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    William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916)
    Still Life with Tea Kettle and Fruit, circa 1905
    Oil on canvas
    25-1/4 x 24 inches (64.1 x 61.0 cm)
    Signed upper right: Wm. M. Chase

    Sale: Sloan's Auctioneers, North Bethesda, Maryland, May 3, 1981, lot 2738;
    Hammer Galleries, New York;
    Private collection, New York, acquired from the above, circa 1985.

    R. Pisano and D.F. Baker, William Merritt Chase: The Complete Catalogue of Known and Documented Work, Volume 4 (Still Lifes, Interiors, Figures, Copies of Old Masters, and Drawings), New Haven, Connecticut, 2010, p. 36, no. SL.81, illustrated.

    According to Dr. Frederick Baker, in a letter dated December 5, 2007 that accompanies this lot, "The painting amply demonstrates Chase's extraordinary ability to render reflective surfaces and texture. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Chase painted many still-life paintings using various studio objects, in this case a tea kettle, jar, bowl and fruit. The work also displays the artist's innate sense of carefully balanced composition, including various 'notes' of color. While many of Chase's contemporaries painted still lifes, those of Chase were singled out, his work compared to that of the French artist Antoine Vollon. Chase was also partial to the still-life paintings of the eighteenth-century French artist Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, and once told his class, in a paraphrase of Courbet, 'If you can paint a pot you can paint an angel.' While Chase was never known to paint an angel, like Vollon and Chardin, he loved to paint copper and brass pots and kettles, and was quite simply one of the best American artists of his generation to do so."

    Condition Report*: Glue-lined canvas; minor surface dirt and a few areas of craquelure; frame wear, most notably along left edge; under UV light, there appears to be a dark and discolored varnish layer that makes reading this painting difficult.
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    November, 2019
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