A Large & Decorative Early 18thC Oil on Panel of a Still Life & Urn c.1730

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Origin: Probably Flemish
Period: George II
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1720-40
Panel Height: 52.25 inches
Panel Width: 23 inches

The early eighteenth century painted decorative panel at over four feet high consisting of oil on three conjoined oak planks, probably removed from a large piece of furniture or possibly once as room panelling, the work depicting a still life of stylised emerald flowers in a carved stone vase with swags and central mask, the vase standing on a stone plinth, with arched entablature above having a flower head to each corner.

The artwork is in fair to good condition and proves very decorative. To the reverse it has two contemporary horizontal struts to ensure the three panels remain together. The whole is stable though there is a little movement in it due to the fact it is braced together. It suffers from minor losses with some flaking of paint and there is some nice craquelure to the surface. We have given the piece a light clean and wax. One flank does has a small section of loss to it.

The subject and style make this piece difficult to attribute but we feel it could conceivably be English (the panels are oak for a start) but it is more likely Flemish or French in origin. The size of it means that it was perhaps part of a larger composition or perhaps part of a large cupboard door for instance.

An intriguing and early piece of decorative painting, of large proportions, that has the ability to set the tone for a room.

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