De Scott Evans (American, 1847-1898)
A New Variety, Try One/A Trompe l'Oeil Still Life with Almonds
Signed with the pseudonym "S.S. David" l.r., inscribed "A New Variety/Try One" within the composition u.l.
Oil on canvas, 12 x 10 in. (30.5 x 25.0 cm),unframed.
Condition: Minor retouch, stable craquelure.
N.B. Although the work is technically unframed, the artist has painted the edges of the canvas that wrap around the stretcher to create the illusion of a thick wood board. The work is accompanied by a conservation treatment report dated December, 2004.
Inscribed on the reverse "61/61/M.../13." Also with a partial framer's label on the stretcher "Framing of All Kinds to Order/Old Paintings Restored" with the firm's name and bottom of the label now missing.
Retouch as follows: l.l. corner with a 1 inch diagonal line across the corner; center left edge with a small, 1/4 inch horizontal line to the left of the "nail," 3 inches up from the bottom edge; lower center edge with a dot of retouch measuring 3/16 x 1/8 inch, located 3 inches in from the lower right corner; center right edge with a 1 1/2 inch line located 1 3/4 inches in from the right edge and 5 inches up from the bottom; minor retouch along the edges of the canvas likely just to cover wear.
Craquelure, primarily to the upper corners, is very minor, stable, and noticeable only in raking light.
Provenance: Private Massachusetts collection, family lore is that the painting was purchased by the great grandfather of the current owner prior to 1936.
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