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Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame
Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame
Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame
Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame
Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame
Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame
Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame
Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame
Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame
Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame
Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame

Superb Signed Antique French Nature Morte Oil Painting, Still Life of Ducks in Frame

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Artist: Ernest Henry Dubois. I love these old "Fruits of the Hunt" themed paintings on board, 19th century French works that were more a prayer of thanks for the evening meal than they were about hunting, really. They're almost trompe l'oeil, with birds or perhaps rabbits, etc., hanging against a wall or arranged on a tabletop, fresh for the evening's kitchen preparation. This one very Victorian in style, hand painted on a solid hardwood pane. The artist's signature is in the lower right corner. The art work is very accomplished - palette, shadowing and visible raised brush strokes are wonderful. The painting is beautifully crafted on a petit 8 3/4" x 6 1/4" x 1/4" wood panel with a relatively newer frame added.  These mostly hung unframed, and it comes to us from France unframed and original. We'd date it c.1880-1900, perhaps earlier. Full measurements noted on the photos.

Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Painted on a wooden panel, no canvas to have holes or damage. No losses of note to the oil painting that I can see and a really gorgeous treatment of the subject. The board is approximately 1/4" thick, suitable to hang as it is, or also with no frame. Traditionally, these hung in kitchen or dining area, simply and elegantly without frame. A wonderful one for kitchen now. Perhaps you might want to just lean it up against cabinet or bookshelf or easel-stand it on your kitchen center prep bar, along with a bowl of fruit or autumn gourds, as a vignette.