FONTAINE, Gabrielle (19th century)
A still-life of flowers in an unglazed earthenware pot, fruit and flowers strewn on the ledge around the pot
Watercolour and gouache on vellum, signed 'Gablle Fontaine'. Composition frame. 27½ x 22 5/8 inches.
An exceptionally large scale work by this talented but apparently unrecorded artist, probably executed in the 1830s or early 1840s. The composition includes roses, bi-colour pinks/carnations, morning glory, dahlias, auriculas, flowering quince or prunus, hollyhock, plums and peaches. In addition a clouded yellow and two red admiral butterflies are shown.