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    SEVERIN ROESEN (German/American, 1805-1882)
    Still Life with Fruit and Champagne, circa 1865
    Oil on canvas
    40 x 50 inches (101.6 x 127.0 cm)

    PROVENANCE:
    Estate of the artist;
    Private collection;
    Private collection, Connecticut;
    Childs Gallery, Boston;
    The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, circa 1985-2002;
    Babcock Galleries, New York;
    Private collection, Pennsylvania.

    LITERATURE:
    J. O'Toole, Severin Roesen, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 1992, p. 136.


    Formerly in the collection of the Currier Museum of Art, New Hampshire, Still Life with Fruit and Champagne is noteworthy as one of Roesen's largest works, which features a complex and dynamic composition. Clustered on two stone tiers, grapevines, watermelons, plums, oranges, and lemons nestle a champagne bottle and flute. Nearby are a bowl of peaches, a compote with raspberries, and a bird's nest. Roesen scholar Judith Hansen O'Toole points out that few of Roesen's large paintings feature the technically-challenging spiral-peeled lemon, and only three contain a champagne bottle. A related painting of the same size, ambition and approximate date is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.


    More information about SEVERIN ROESEN, also known as Roesen, Severin, Rösen, Severin, Severin Roesen.



    Condition Report*: Wax relined and revarnished canvas; minor frame abrasion along top and left edges and minor pickled abrasion to varnish layer in upper right corner; under UV examination, significant areas of in-painting throughout the dark background of upper and lower quadrants; scattered lines of in-painting throughout the still-life composition, notably a diagonal line running from the watermelon to the top of the compote and a horizontal line running beneath the compote through the clusters of grapes; otherwise good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2009
    11th-12th Wednesday-Thursday
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