Late 18th-Century Naive Still Life

With Cat, Goldfinch & Tea Time Paraphernalia

Late 18th-Century Naive Still Life

With Cat, Goldfinch & Tea Time Paraphernalia

This late 18th-century naive oil painting depicts an assortment of tea paraphernalia, goldfinch and mischievous moggy. With its eyes glued upon the intrepid bird, the ravenous feline is about to strike. Heaven knows what kind of chaos ensued.

This endlessly charming folk art portrayal was probably painted at the artist’s own home. The table displays various wares dating to around 1780 including a glass decanter, Louis XVI console table, red stoneware teapot, and a sugar bowl. The goldfinch could've been loose as many were kept as pets.

Given its naive quality, it’s tricky to ascertain its origin. But it’s comparable with French provincial works from the period.

A rare folky find!

Held within a later gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 21” x 17½” / 54cm x 45cm
Year of creation: c. 1790
Condition: Craquelure but the paint is stable. One old repair and patch. Historic areas of touching in. Frame with wear.

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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