19th-Century French School, Barns With Chickens

19th-Century French School, Barns With Chickens

An unusual 19th-century oil on wood depicting a small area behind a barn with two chickens, a barrel and a ladder. The buildings feel lost in time and we love the way the artist has given the walls texture by roughing them up a little.

The painting is signed ‘Ault’ in the lower left and could relate to American artist, Charles Henry Ault. Little is known about him but many painters undertook study trips to France during the 19th-century.

Housed in a decorative giltwood frame that’s probably the original.

Oil on wood
Overall size
11½” x 14½” / 28cm x 37cm
Year of creation
Overall very good. There are marks on the left which might be scratches but they could also be intentional to give the wall texture.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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