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Apples on a Table, signed and dated lower right: William J. McCloskey 1896, oil on canvas. est:$80,000/120,000. Note: Painted with typical exacting and exquisite detail, the present still life is a fresh to market example of the artist's trompe l'oeil painting style. McCloskey and his wife Alberta Binford McCloskey (1863-1911) both focused on table top still life as a main subject of their work and utilized compositions that included ''well lit fruit in a triangular arrangement, resting on a highly-reflective mahogany table top, and backed by a darkly obscure plush or velvet drape. Many of the works have an extended horizontal format . . . The frequency of this theme for the artists must prove that it was a popular seller, and indeed the uniqueness of the subject, the striking color combinations . . . must have been very appealing'' (N.D.W. Moure, ''Partners in Illusion: Alberta Binford and William J. McCloskey, Santa Ana, CA, 1996, p. 19). According to the 'Catalogue of Known Artworks' listing in Moure's book, McCloskey executed two other still lifes in 1896 utlizing the same type and amount of apples. Each example from this series features subtle differences in the way the artist carefully arranged the fruit on the dark mahogany surface. Provenance: Private Collection, Sacramento, CA; by descent in the family

11'' H x 24'' W

  • Provenance: Provenance: Private Collection, Sacramento, CA; by descent in the family
  • Notes: Note: Painted with typical exacting and exquisite detail, the present still life is a fresh to market example of the artist's trompe l'oeil painting style. McCloskey and his wife Alberta Binford McCloskey (1863-1911) both focused on table top still life as a main subject of their work and utilized compositions that included ''well lit fruit in a triangular arrangement, resting on a highly-reflective mahogany table top, and backed by a darkly obscure plush or velvet drape. Many of the works have an extended horizontal format . . . The frequency of this theme for the artists must prove that it was a popular seller, and indeed the uniqueness of the subject, the striking color combinations . . . must have been very appealing'' (N.D.W. Moure, ''Partners in Illusion: Alberta Binford and William J. McCloskey, Santa Ana, CA, 1996, p. 19). According to the 'Catalogue of Known Artworks' listing in Moure's book, McCloskey executed two other still lifes in 1896 utlizing the same type and amount of apples. Each example from this series features subtle differences in the way the artist carefully arranged the fruit on the dark mahogany surface
  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. New keys added for stability. Blacklight: A nickel-sized area of touch-up on the apple second from the left to address a small repaired tear. A spot of touch-up on the left apple and a spot of touch-up on the right apple.

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