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Robert Spear Dunning (American, 1829-1905) Tabletop Still Life with Fruit and Roses

Auction:
3029B
Lot:
266
Sold for:
$30,750$25,000

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 3029B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
September 27, 2017 4:00PM

Description:

Robert Spear Dunning (American, 1829-1905)

Tabletop Still Life with Fruit and Roses
Signed and dated "R.S. Dunning 1879" l.l., signed, inscribed, and dated "R.S. Dunning pinxit/1879." on the reverse.
Oil on canvas, 14 x 12 in. (35.7 x 30.5 cm), framed (in a liner).
Condition: Cluster of small paint losses l.l., varnish discoloration, surface grime, minor canvas deformation to u.l. corner.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

Inscribed in pencil "$150#" on the stretcher.

Frame dimensions are 16 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.

Under raking light one can see that the varnish has been applied selectively over certain areas, such as the rose blossoms and foreground rose leaves, along the edges of the fruits, and on the leaves that bend over the edge of the table. No evidence of retouch or abrasion. Minor drying cracks in the ripe cherries and "shrinkage wrinkles" in the open rose blossom. Cluster of minute paint losses, about 10 in all, located l.l. above and to the right of the signature, at the edge of the frame. Some minor frame abrasion.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

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