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Superb 19th c. Antique French Oil Painting, Nature Morte Still Life with Birds
Superb 19th c. Antique French Oil Painting, Nature Morte Still Life with Birds
Superb 19th c. Antique French Oil Painting, Nature Morte Still Life with Birds
Superb 19th c. Antique French Oil Painting, Nature Morte Still Life with Birds
Superb 19th c. Antique French Oil Painting, Nature Morte Still Life with Birds
Superb 19th c. Antique French Oil Painting, Nature Morte Still Life with Birds
Superb 19th c. Antique French Oil Painting, Nature Morte Still Life with Birds
Superb 19th c. Antique French Oil Painting, Nature Morte Still Life with Birds
Superb 19th c. Antique French Oil Painting, Nature Morte Still Life with Birds

Superb 19th c. Antique French Oil Painting, Nature Morte Still Life with Birds

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I love this genre! With roots to Northern European 1500-1600s paintings representing the makings of a feast or a simple dinner, these later French paintings are not celebrations of the kill, but are prayers, almost, of thanksgiving for the makings of the day's meal. Here, you see that played out with the 3 snipes ( I think they are something like a snipe - the long pointed beaks), and a cooking pot, a decorated clay pitcher and a glass wine goblet rounding out the items on the tabletop. Artist's signature is there bottom right, and is "M. Mangieu", I think. Sometimes hard to make out, and often hard to research for that reason.

NOTE: there is a miniature painting on that reflective rectangle on the green goblet, which I assume is showing the artist. A little hard to make out, but an interesting detail. One thinks of Vermeer a little.

Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The painting is not dated but we'd put it c.1830-90, and note that the old original canvas has been adhered to a more recent linen canvas to give it added life and strength. A common restoration practice we see in France. Fabulous old painting, you can see it is not much an issue of damage, but there are a few light losses of paint. Small, mostly near edges. Tight on the stretcher, ready to hang as it is or to frame. Measurements are noted on the photos, but it is 24" x 18.25" as you see it.