I've got a thing for these game bird oil paintings on board, and for the French "nature morte", or still life works like them. Have a shipment in and another coming. This offering is for an unsigned but superb 19th century grouping of 4 wildlife paintings, game birds, all. Beautifully accomplished, that touch of Trompe l'œil, an elegant rustic palette. These display so well along with Black Forest carvings, plaques, and of course that's another passion of mine. I can see this set of 4, all exactly the same size, displayed on a long shelf, or bookshelf, aligned with an inch or 2 between them, or grouped in 4, 2 above and 2 below on a wall. It's a bit tempting to sell them separately, but after a century and a half, give or take, of remaining together, they will not be separated by me. The plaques are shown in full, and then detailed. Each plaque is 11 3/4" x 7. 3/4" and the boards are nearly 1/2" in thickness. Yes, you could frame each one, too, but typically these little visual prayers of gratitude to Nature for providing the next meal were hung just as you see them. Each has an angled hole drilled partially into the wood for just that 'hang on a nail' informality. Aren't they just fabulous! Found in France, a French tradition.
Very good to excellent, each one. The boards are well preserved, and I am ashamed to tell you that I only waxed/oiled them after photos were done. Whatever small imperfection or mark you see on the photos went out of view and the richness of the old wood and oil paint is just more opulent than the photos show. I'm sorry. Sometimes I get excited to list my favorite buys. All are exactly the same size finished board, so display choices can be very uniform. Each compliments the others. No missing oil paint. No chipped corners. The boards are thicker than usual, and each one has a cluster of birds in variations. Again, not killed for hobby, but for food. Fabulous set! Were I younger, or had more walls in my home in the mountains, these would be staying with me and hanging there. Don't leave them with me too long. I'm awfully tempted to find a perfect spot for them.
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