Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819-1904)
Pink Roses in a Fragile Vase
Signed "M.J. Heade" l.l.
Oil on canvas, 15 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (39.0 x 32.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Two small areas of retouch corresponding to small patch reinforcements on the reverse, other very minor retouch to fill craquelure, stable craquelure.
N.B. The painting has been examined in person by Dr. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Dr. Stebbins will include the painting in the next edition of the Heade catalogue raisonné, and his letter confirming its authenticity accompanies the lot. Dr. Stebbins dates this work to between 1860 and 1862, during Heade's first years in New York. It is among Heade's earliest floral compositions, highly original works which are characterized by large blossoms displayed in fragile vases. In this case the artist sets the vase on an unusual marble tabletop, rather than the more typical wood table.
Framed dimensions: 19 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1 in.
The patches correspond to the areas of retouch on the rose on the right and on the foot of the vase. The spot on the rose is about 1/4 inch and the spot on the foot of the vase is about 3/8 inch. The craquelure is a bit more noticeable along the right vertical edge where it extends over the stretcher bar.
There are no further issues to report.
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