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    Sale 2029

    Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    25 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 17

    De Scott Evans (1847-1898)

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    De Scott Evans (1847-1898)
    Free Sample, Take One
    signed 'S. S. David' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    12 x 10 in. (30.5 x 25.4 cm.)


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    The trompe l'oeil paintings by De Scott Evans are considered among the finest examples of 19th century still life painting. De Scott Evans, who favored a variety of pseudonyms such as S.S. David, Stanley S. David and Scott David, often painted objects in illustionist niches, such as the present work. Of the variety of objects available to the artist, peanuts appear most frequently in his trompe l'oeil paintings. After the Civil War peanuts became an important commercial commodity in the United States and would become ideal subjects for 19th century still life artists.

    Provenance

    The Downtown Gallery, New York.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1950.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of JACK LAWRENCE


    Literature

    The Israel Museum, American Art: Selections from the Jack Lawrence and Walter Myden Collection, Jersualem, Israel, 1969, no. 7, n.p., illustrated.


    Exhibited

    Jerusalem, Israel, The Israel Museum, and elsewhere, American Art: Selections from the Jack Lawrence and Walter Myden Collection, 1969, no. 7.
    Rockville, Maryland, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, The Lawrence-Myden Collection of American Art, September 7-October 5, 1969, no. 5.
    Los Angeles, California, The Footlighters Child Guidance Clinic, The Lawrence-Myden Collection, n.d.