This work, signed and dated, which in itself is rare in a theorem, also carries forward into a later decade many of the design features of the DB signed theorem from the Little collection, an earlier work on velvet and the model for a school of works with similar design elements and a mysterious background.
This work is signed "Mary Jane Cate" and dated "July 24, 1846". Its container is basket shaped and drawn in an abstract manner. It has no basket weave elements to its form or shape, other than having a rim, body and foot. The recognition of what these elements visually stand for is almost lost. Lines drawn in red and borders filled with stars and dots of blue function as a material form. A cyma curved form, also composed of lines and stars, serves as its handle. Its foot is adorned with the artist's inscription that is noted above.
Fine condition. Painted on paper and in an old frame, repainted to a dark green over red. Framed it is 15 1/4 by 17 1/4inches. Circa 1835. Gouache (opaque water color,with white added). Probably New England.