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    SPANISH SCHOOL (Early Seventeenth Century)
    Baskets Of Flowers, a pair
    Oil on canvas
    13-1/2 x 14-1/4 inches (34.3 x 36.2 cm)
    Partial inscription, A Fe at lower left on the panel showing a white cloth under the basket

    Provenance:
    Newhouse Galleries, as Jan-Baptiste Bosschaert (New York);
    Mr. and Mrs. F. Howard Walsh (Fort Worth, Texas);
    Walsh Family Art Trust

    These companion paintings by an unidentified hand draw upon still life developments in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, from the first three decades of the seventeenth century, at a time when still life painting was emerging as a specialty genre, and baskets were commonly depicted as containers for fruit and flowers. The broad handling and the treatment of the cloth with gilt thread suggests a Spanish origin for the pictures. The works probably date no later than about 1630, after which time still life arrangements in this genre generally became more complex.

    A remnant of a signature and/or inscription is located on the far left side of the white tablecloth, on the portion which falls over the edge. The inscription seems to read "A Fe..." possibly a shortened form of Anno Fecit, a common Latin phrase for "year in which I made this" used by seventeenth-century painters. The name and the date are not discernible.



    Condition Report*: relined, surface cleaned with scattered strengthening and craquelure throughout
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2007
    24th-25th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
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