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Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed
Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed
Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed
Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed
Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed
Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed
Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed
Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed
Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed
Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed

Antique French Oil Painting on Board, Nature Still Life w 2 Birds, Artist Signed

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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, fresh for the evening's kitchen preparation. This one has an autumn feel to the added leaves and twigs. An artist's signature is there but we have no way to make it out or research. The painting is beautifully crafted on a board 24" x 12" with gorgeous grain and a satin finish. These mostly hung unframed, and it comes to us from France unframed and original. We'd date it c.1800-1900, perhaps earlier.

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 and a really gorgeous treatment of the subject with a palette that suggests autumn, doesn't it. The board is 3/8" thick, suitable to hang as it is, no frame, or to add your own choice of suitable 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.