Overmantel Painting, Framingham, Massachusetts, mid-18th century, pine panel depicting naturalistic leaping stags in a landscape silhouetted against a skyline, in a burnt umber treed landscape on a mustard-colored ground, (small paint losses and tiny holes caused by the removal of the wallpaper which once covered it and also from its attachment to the interior structure), ht. 15 7/8, wd. 60 7/8 in.
Provenance: This lot was removed from its setting in a Framingham house in 1840 by Austin Bacon, and given to the consignors' ancestors - the house has since been demolished; Amasa Thorpe; Edward Atkinson; Skinner, February 22, 2004, Lot 110; David Wheatcroft Antiques.
Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Nina Fletcher Little, American Decorative Wall Painting 1700-1850 (New York, 1972), p. 31.
Exhibitions: Overmantel and Wall Paintings between 1700 and 1820, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Wing, New York City, October 1952-January 1953.
Note: Leaping stags in a landscape setting were frequently used as a design in 18th century samplers, chimney pieces, wallpapers, and paintings.
The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art
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