ITALIAN SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY
A STILL LIFE WITH AN EWER AND A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
oil on canvas, unframed
40 by 35⅛ in.; 101.6 by 89.2 cm.
The canvas is lined. The image reads well under a dirty surface. Inspection under UV reveals scattered spots of a retouchings scattered in the vase, the background and foreground, like in the tree at left. There are two old repairs on the top left quadrant above the clouds: one is slightly larger and higher than the other, which is a small circle between the two clouds. Offered unframed.
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This grand still life likely decorated the walls of a grand villa. Its size and format suggest it could have once hung over a door.