This wonderful antique, unsigned, oil on canvas painting depicting a still life image. Still lives historically have been painted to represent life and death, youth and age. This still life shows age to itself in addition to the objects painted within the still life.
With three leather bound books displaying their age with torn book bindings and yellowed pages. There is a small inkpot and quill to the right of the stack of three books and a pair of metal framed glasses ominously placed near the edge of the table.
The table covered in a red table cloth with a neutral background where a great deal of brushstrokes can be seen thereby inserting the artist into the work.
The painting is presented as framed in a carved gilt painted wood frame.
10 1/2"H x 13"W - sight
15 1/2"H x 17 3/4"W - framed
Condition: There are numerous condition issues with this work which is why it is listed As Is. There is a an area which can be seen in the lot images where a 4" long line where the paint is lost. This area could be attended to to prevent further tearing or loss of paint. There are other small areas of paint loss and wear to the canvas.
There are also nics and losses to the finish of the frame which can be seen in the lot images.
Overall the painting could be restored or left as is for its antique qualities.
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