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Lot 178: Rubens Peale

International Fine Art Auction

by Barridoff Galleries

October 28, 2016

Portland, ME, USA

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Description: Rubens Peale Am. 1784–1865 Fruit Signed and dated "Rubens Peale" on an early label verso. The signature is under an affidavit signed by Gustav A.Berger verso which reads as follows: "This painting, 'Fruit', by Rubens Peale, was transferred by me onto a new canvas. On the back of the old canvas there was the following “Original by Rubens Peale, Sep. 26, 1862” An image of the original backing is also attached as part of the affidavit Oil on canvas 12 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. 31.8 x 50.2 cm


Artist Full Name:Rubens Peale

Medium:Oil on canvas Please note the condition report in an informal email from our restorer: We took a good look at the painting and while we don't question that it is a Peale, it seems to have had quite a lot of restoration not all of which is visible under UV light. According the the labels on the reverse the painting was restored by Gustav Berger. Berger was a very well respected conservator and innovator in the field of conservation. He was the inventor of the original Berger's Ethyl Vinyl Acetate also known as BEVA which has become the industry standard for lining paintings. It also seems that for some reason the original canvas was removed leaving only the original gesso and paint layers. The painting was likely lined onto a new canvas or a piece of fiberglass with BEVA on a vacuum table. A piece of what seems to be the original canvas is taped to the backing card. As I stated previously, some restoration is visible under UV light but most of it is obscured. I would say the there is anywhere from 60-80% inpaint. I cant say for certain but the still life portion of the painting seems more intact and original than the rest of the painting. Very difficult to be precise on the exact amount because the Acryloid varnish is obscuring so much. It also seems that someone may have tried to test clean the pear on the left side more recently. Overall, the painting seems in poor to fair condition.

Condition Report: Good condition, good appearance, scattered restoration above the fruit, lined. Please note the condition report in an informal email from our restorer: We took a good look at the painting and while we don't question that it is a Peale, it seems to have had quite a lot of restoration not all of which is visible under UV light. According the the labels on the reverse the painting was restored by Gustav Berger. Berger was a very well respected conservator and innovator in the field of conservation. He was the inventor of the original Berger's Ethyl Vinyl Acetate also known as BEVA which has become the industry standard for lining paintings. It also seems that for some reason the original canvas was removed leaving only the original gesso and paint layers. The painting was likely lined onto a new canvas or a piece of fiberglass with BEVA on a vacuum table. A piece of what seems to be the original canvas is taped to the backing card. As I stated previously, some restoration is visible under UV light but most of it is obscured. I would say the there is anywhere from 60-80% inpaint. I cant say for certain but the still life portion of the painting seems more intact and original than the rest of the painting. Very difficult to be precise on the exact amount because the Acryloid varnish is obscuring so much. It also seems that someone may have tried to test clean the pear on the left side more recently. Overall, the painting seems in poor to fair condition.

Notes: Still Life

Artist or Maker: Rubens Peale

Literature: Oil on canvas

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