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Varied Fruit

ca. 1825
Origin: America, New Hampshire (possibly)
Primary Support: 8 13/16 x 10 3/8in. (22.4 x 26.4cm); Unframed, i.e., solid tertiary support: 9 x 10 1/2in. (22.9 x 26.7cm); and Framed: 11 x 12 5/8 x 1 1/2in.
Paint on silk
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller
Acc. No. 1933.403.1
A composition of various fruits in a compote on an ambiguously-defined mat or tabletop with a blank background. The compote is two-handled, the brown rim flowing outward to form the handles; its foot is alternately blue, red, and black; the body is yellow with blue stripes. A large green melon fills much of the bowl of the compote. Other fruits include barberries, currants, a peach, and a pear. Several leaves are also shown. Artist unidentified.

The 1 1/4-inch gilded and molded frame is a period replacement.

Label:The glossy, tightly-woven silk support enhances the crispness of this composition of fruits, which are shown in an especially gaily decorated compote. Theorem pictures were usually executed on velvet or paper; why this artist chose silk is unknown. The piece has a history of having been handed down in the Saben family of Winchester, New Hampshire.
Provenance:Miss Nellie Saben, Winchester, New Hampshire; Miss Adeline T. Joyce, Franconia, New Hampshire; purchased by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in 1933 and given by her to CWF in 1939.