• Important American Paintings,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2444

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    18 May 2011, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 68

    John F. Francis (1808-1886)

    Strawberries and Cakes

    Price Realised  

    John F. Francis (1808-1886)
    Strawberries and Cakes
    signed and dated 'J.F. Francis./Pinxit 1860.' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm.)


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    Provenance

    Victor Spark, New York, by 1955.
    James H. Ricau, Piermont, New York, 1964.
    [With]Richard York Gallery, New York, 1987.
    Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc., New York, acquired from the above.
    [With]Richard York Gallery, New York, 1993.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 1994.


    Literature

    The Newark Museum, Nature's Bounty & Man's Delight: American 19th Century Still-Life Painting, exhibition catalogue, Newark, New Jersey, 1958, p. 2, no. 10, illustrated (as A Dessert).
    W.H. Gerdts, "American Painting in the Collection of James H. Ricau," The Magazine Antiques, vol. 86, no. 5, November 1964, p. 580, illustrated.
    S.P. Feld, "Loan Collection," The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 23, no. 8, April 1965, p. 292, illustrated (as A Dessert).
    W.H. Gerdts, 150 Years of American Still Life Painting, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1970, pp. 14-15, 16, no. 14, illustrated (as A Dessert).
    R. Burke, W.H. Gerdts, American Still Life Painting, New York, 1971, p. 60, pl. 5, illustrated (as The Dessert).
    Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., American Still Lifes of the Nineteenth Century, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1971, p. 13.
    W.H. Gerdts, Painters of the Humble Truth: Masterpieces of American Still Life 1801-1939, exhibition catalogue, Columbia, Missouri, 1981, pp. 90-91, fig. 5.6, illustrated.
    Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., American Paintings VI, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1990, pp. 38-39, illustrated (as Strawberries and Cakes (The Dessert)).
    Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., John F. Francis: Not Just Desserts, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1990, n.p., no. 12, illustrated (as Strawberries and Cakes (The Dessert)).
    Richard York Gallery, American Paintings from the Collection of James H. Ricau, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1993, n.p., no. 15, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    Newark, New Jersey, The Newark Museum, Nature's Bounty and Man's Delight: American 19th Century Still-Life Painting, June 15-September 28, 1958, no. 10 (as A Dessert).
    New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Loan Exhibition, 1965.
    Brooklyn, New York, The Brooklyn Museum, 1969-1984, on loan.
    New York, Coe Kerr Gallery, Inc., 150 Years of American Still Life Painting: An Exhibition for the Benefit of The Kips Bay Boys' Club, April 27-May 16, 1970, no. 14 (as A Dessert).
    Atlanta, Georgia, High Museum of Art, American Nineteenth Century Still Life Painting, 1971, no. 14.
    Tulsa, Oklahoma, Philbrook Art Center, and elsewhere, Painters of a Humble Truth: Masterpieces of American Still Life 1801-1939, September 27, 1981-July 24, 1982, no. 41.
    New York, Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., John F. Francis: Not Just Desserts, November 19, 1990-January 5, 1991, no. 12.
    New York, Richard York Gallery, Paintings from the Collection of James H. Ricau, November 4, 1993-January 8, 1994, no. 15.