New York, Park Avenue
21 - 22 January 1998
AN EARLY VICTORIAN PAINTED TLE TRAY*
Second quarter 19th Century
Of rounded rectangular form depicting Adam naming the animals, within a solid gallery with geometric design and pierced handleholds
21 x 29in. (52.5 x 74cm.)
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J. Ayres, English Naive Painting, London, 1980, pl. 94
J. Ayres, British Folk Art, Woodstock, NY, 1977, p. 97
J. Ayres, Two Hundred Years of English Naive Art 1700-1900, Alexandria, VA, 1996, no. 25, pp. 80-81
See lot 340.
Painted tin trays (actually made of tin-plated sheet iron) were an important product in Birmingham and Pontypool. Most examples have a "sub-polite" appearance, which makes this example somewhat unusual. However, other painted trays from the same hand are known, including at least one other version of this subject (J. Ayres, Two Hundred Years of English Naive Art 1700-1900, fig. 18) and Noah's Art (op. cit., fig. 19).
The subject of this painting is biblical: "And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field" (Genisis 2.20). Themes that included numerous animals, such as Animals Entering Noah's Art, Orpheus Charming the Birds and Beasts, and The Peaceable Kingdom, could result in compositions with a similar character. The Peaceable Kingdom was a subject that was painted on numerous occasions by the American Edward Hicks (1780-1849) who, as a coach painter, was a typical vernacular artist.
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