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    Sale 2142

    Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    5 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 115

    John F. Francis (1808-1886)

    Basket of Cherries

    Price Realised  


    John F. Francis (1808-1886)
    Basket of Cherries
    oil on canvas
    15¼ x 19¼ in. (38.7 x 48.9 cm.)

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    John F. Francis' still lifes often fall into one of three compositional categories: a portrayal of a table top with varieties of porcelain and glassware; luncheon paintings with bottles of wines and liqueurs; and fruit in a basket. Dr. William H. Gerdts and Russell Burke write, "The baskets often have a pink or blue ribbon tied to the arched handle, but they are not elegant; rather it is the common market-basket that appears--in its own way indicative of the democratization of art that occurred after 1850. Sometimes the basket is tipped and the fruit spills out. In the spilling, the artist was presented with an opportunity to examine the fruit from every angle." (American Still Life Painting, New York, p. 61) Francis' masterful use of light, color and careful detail gives Basket of Cherries a poignancy and vitality not often present in nineteenth century still lifes.

    A letter from Dr. William Gerdts dated January 9, 1996 confirming the authenticity of this lot will accompany the painting.

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    Private collection, acquired 1995.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

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    Private collection, acquired 1995.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.