A special theorem, distinguished by its history, unusual composition, flawless condition and rare for its time coloration.
This work, executed in free-hand watercolor and stencils, was made circa 1830 and found in New Hampshire. It survived unfaded and brightly colored and in a frame similar to its present period frame when it was exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in 1966 as part of the exhibiton, "101American Primitive Water Colors and Pastels from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch". It is number 53 in the catalogue of the show.
The fruit and, thus, the color of the work, exists in a band across the piece above a simply painted fluted glass compote that occupies most of the bottom half of the picture. Distortion of scale makes the watermelon and pears be of similar size, and the tiny purple plums, a color seldom seen in this time period, form a decorative lower border to the fruit.
15 7/8 x 19 7/8 inches sight and 23 3/4 x 25 1 /4 inches framed.
A label on the back indicates it was included in a traveling exhibition organized by the American Federation for the Arts from 1967-1970. There is also a partial label from the Baltimore Museum of Art.