A Pair of Mid-19thC Italian Provincial School Oil on Canvas Still Lifes of Tulips


Origin: Italian
Period: Macchiaioli
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1850
Heights: 26.25”
Widths: 21”
Depths: 1.5”

Painted in oils on canvas and presented in moulded and gilded matching frames, the pair of provincial naïve works, depicting still lifes of spring flowers, being mainly tulips, sat in masked and fluted urns on ledges, with chrysanthemums and other flowers depicted, surviving from mid-nineteenth century Italy.

The pictures remain in sound overall condition and are un-meddled remaining uncleaned. The frames have a few very small areas of loss to their edgings. Please refer to the photographs for a full visual reference.

Rather than concentrating on heightened realism the style here is naïve and provincial and utterly charming; the masks to the urns are very much of the early eighteenth-century style and there is a loose playful style in the painting.

Summoning the sights and smells of rural Italy, a pair with a real folksy quality and you can almost hear the crusty bread break and the wine being poured.