19th-Century German School

Kitchen Interior With Cat

19th-Century German School

Kitchen Interior With Cat

This charming mid-19th-century German oil painting depicts a kitchen with chair, cat and various cookware.

A creeping tabby moves surreptitiously towards a tempting bowl of milk. A basket of vegetables is tipped over, perhaps by its curiosity. On the wall behind, various coppers hang on nails along with a worn ladle. An old blue shawl is draped over a proud studded chair.

This intriguing rustic interior is probably the artist’s own kitchen. Note the attention to detail - the cracked floor tiles, balanced knife, and missing plasterwork. They probably knew that mischievous cat all too well.

Signed/dated illegibly in the lower right and held within a gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 21” x 24” / 53cm x 61cm
Year of creation: 1866
Provenance: Private collection, Germany.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. Canvas relined. Frame with some light wear.

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