Italian Still Life With Apples, Berries & Pears

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A fine early 19th-century still life depicting an overflowing basket of apples, berries and pears. The artist has painted these beautifully and they appear as if freshly picked from a garden (perhaps they were).

Some of the apples have indentations from insect bites, which have been left in to keep the image feeling realistic and wholly natural. The addition of the green leaves adds another layer to this attractive basket of Italian fruit.

The painting is housed within an antique gilt composition frame.

Oil on canvas
Size including frame
21½” x 19” / 55cm x 48cm x 4cm
Year of creation
c. 1800
A few minor paint losses but otherwise fine. Quite heavily varnished. Relined. The frame is a little tatty with losses, particularly in the back corners.