Architectural Panel: Still Life
Origin: America, New York
Unframed: 12 3/4 x 28 1/4in. (32.4 x 71.8cm); Composition: 10 x 25 1/2in. (25.4 x 64.8cm); and
Framed: 14 3/8 x 30 1/8 x 1 5/8in.
Acc. No. 1977.110.1,3
An oval woven basket of flowers is set on the ground at middle foreground. The surrounding areas are painted pale yellow shading to pale blue. The basket has a twisted upper and lower rim. At L in the basket is a large yellow lily; other flowers include bluebells, blooms resembling pink and blue anemones, a couple of fully opened roses, and a white morning glory. Green foliage is painted in abstractly behind the flowers. An unpainted border about 1 1/4-inches wide has been left all around the scene; the panel is rabbetted on the reverse. A build-up of paint at the edges of the painted section seems to indicate that the panel was painted while in place, i.e., while held in place by its architectural framing.
The 2 1/2-inch, white painted, cyma reversa frame is a modern addition.
Label:Still life paintings of all sorts were considered stylish decoration for use in parlors and dining rooms in mid-nineteenth century America. As with the other decorative panels by Hidley, the still life may also have been inspired by a published print source.
The scenic panel was once fitted into the architectural framework within a house, but the structure has not been identified.
Provenance:Walton (AARFAM's vendor) said the panel came from an upper NY state home but gave no details (letter of 10-11-1976).