Rare Antique Sandpaper Folk Art Oil Painting Mountain Snow Rescue Men Dogs C1840 For SaleIMMEDIATE – PROFESSIONALLY PACKED – FULLY INSURED - SHIPPING Buyer pays actual cost of fully insured shipping, very safely packed. All Customs forms will state the actual selling price of items shipped internationally.
Superlatives can be annoying. I’m aware of that, but in certain cases, their use is justified. Over a span of over fifty years, buying, collecting, selling and fondling antiques and American art, I can say without equivocation that this is the largest, most intriguing and mystifying example of the genre I’ve ever encountered. Were you to embark upon a quest in search of a bigger one, or one more skillfully executed, or one as captivating, give the kids an extra hug before you depart. You’ll be gone a very long time.
Schoolgirl sandpaper paintings/drawings, accomplished en grisalle for the most part, are generally naïve, allegorical renderings with little interest beyond their folksiness, which is certainly not a bad thing in itself. Like you, I’ll bet, I love them. It is just that this work is something entirely different, exhibiting traits more often associated with a practiced painter capable of elegant, easy strokes of his brush to add detail as another means of drawing ones eye to the story being told.
SIZE = 18 ¼” by 26 ¼”
If you study the zoomable images uploaded as thumbnails at the top, you will see that the dogs have found two people, the toes of their shoes/boots sticking up out of the snow.
Within that large setting of jagged peaks, falling snow and heavily laden branches, the story plays out in the center – in an area of merely 2 ¾” by less than 9”. A young man with three dogs, seen on the right, appears to be calling for the attention of four older men standing in a huddle on the left. The boy is pointing toward one of his dogs who is digging furiously in the snow.
Those four men, each carrying some sort of tool, are only 2” tall.
The painting is on stretched canvas. Marble dust mixed with the oils causes the snow to sparkle. The marble dust isn’t confined to the snow, but that is where it is most apparent.
Just in case you’re wondering, the answer is “no.” I discovered this painting among the contents of an old home being saleed off near Cincinnati, Ohio, and it did not include a booklet or even a scrap of paper giving a hint as to what was going on in the scene. What I describe is what I see – my own interpretation. You may see it differently, especially if you recognized the two long tools, one carried by dog-boy, the other by the man to the far left – wearing tall boots.
I think I could take 100 pictures, and no two would look alike. The sparkles trick my camera.
I had the painting professionally cleaned since it was covered with decade upon decade of grime. I also asked my restorer to repair a 2” gash in the sky just above a mysterious structure of some sort. She also repaired a small puncture, lower right. I did not request an invisible restoration, so you will be able to tell clearly how it looked before her work. You may want to have a full, invisible restoration. I wouldn’t. I think it is fantastic just the way it is.
The largest snow-laden branches point like fingers toward the activity of the dogs and people, not just those on the right, but also from the left.
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1st: I never, under any circumstances, use a reserve, and rarely do I ask for an opening offer of more than $9.00 (sometimes even less).
2nd: I never end sales early.
3rd: I don’t usually clean, repair, or otherwise monkey around with anything. I push enough dust aside to expose any flaws, but if I discovered it in some dusty attic, you can look forward to a little dust on it when it gets to your house. If it has a flaw or a wart, I'll tell you about it.
So rest easy and have some fun.
One thing I’d love to know: What is that long two-story building in the upper left quadrant? It may be a famous landmark building, but I don’t recognize it.
The canvas is secured to the stretcher with both square nails and round brads – both old and appropriate. The stretcher itself is most unusual. The boards are 1 ¼” thick, beveled on the backside outer edges. What you can’t see is that they are also chamfered on the inside, the thinnest edges being the inner edges. Each of the nearly 2 ½” boards is chamfered to about 1” around the outside where they touch the canvas.
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