Auguste Braekevelt, Still Life With Fruit

Auguste Braekevelt, Still Life With Fruit

A luscious 19th-century still life with apples, pears, pot and plate by Belgian artist, Auguste Braekevelt (1832-1908). The level of detail here is astonishing and the fruit appears lifelike - good enough to eat.

Braekevelt was a painter and sculptor that trained under Égide Hyacinthe Mélot (1817-1885). Undoubtedly, his experience of working in three dimensions as a sculptor helped him to capture light with a high degree of understanding. Note how the light falls on the apple in the lower left - quite sublime.

The painting is signed in the upper right and housed within a gilded frame that’s possibly its original.

Medium: Oil on panel
Overall size: 20” x 14” / 51cm x 35cm
Year of creation: c. 1880
Provenance: Belgium
Condition: Artwork in presentable condition with no issues. Frame with some light wear and losses.
Artist’s auction highlight: £1,784 achieved in 2010 for ‘Still Life, Peonies In Blue Vase’.

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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