Britain: Original Watercolor, 1882-1890. Matted in Rag Board. A refined and rare original watercolor painted on clay-coated stock. Fine condition. Image size: 11 x 11 cm. Sheet size: 24 x 29.6 cm. (Elegantly matted in Ivory rag board with gilt French line decoration. Sized to 14 x 18 inches). With dedication leaf 'Edith Cast Faber from her Mother (a loving memento) painted by Mrs. J.A. Faber about 1882-1890'.
Classified as florilegia: ornamental flowers (or here fruit) painted for beauty rather than scientific or medicinal appeal, this lovely still-life of persimmon was evidently painted from nature by an accomplished hand. Although the art of flower painting was a favored, traditional pastime for genteel women of nineteenth century Britain, few works boast the refined sense of composition, color, light and shading as evidenced by the practiced, skillful execution of this still life. To date the works by Mrs. Faber are undocumented however this elegant composition clearly reflects her appreciation for and mature expression of the glories of the garden, the natural world and the still life tradition. Fine. Item #5693