American School, Possibly Western Massachusetts, Early 19th Century
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, an Overmantel Panel
Oil on poplar panel, 28 x 37 in., in a period giltwood frame.
Condition: Cleaned, varnished, slightly bowed, minor crack.
Provenance: Dr. and Mrs. Nelson Newmark, Springfield, Massachusetts, by 1938.
Literature: The Magazine Antiques, January 1988, David Schorsch advertisement; Wendy Lavitt, Animals in American Folk Art (New York: Knopf, 1990), p. 2; Jean Burks, "Living with Antiques: A folk art collection in Pennsylvania," The Magazine Antiques, October 1994, p. 506; Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo, "Eagles & Tulips, Snakes & Weathervanes, A Pennsylvania Folk Art Collection," Antiques and Fine Art, Spring 2009, p. 123.
Exhibitions: Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Massachusetts, long-term loan.
Note: According to a written description of this painting provided by the consignor, a photograph of this painting is in the files at the Frick Art Reference Library in New York City. There it is identified as American and 19th century, and as being after Jan Brueghel the Elder.
wood analysis by Harry Alden indicates that the panel is tulip poplar. Painting cleaned and varnished, panel slightly bowed, with minor age crack.
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