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KPM Porcelain Historical Plaque Of 'Jesus In The Temple'
By Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (KPM)
Located in New York, NY
KPM Porcelain Historical Plaque of 'Jesus in the Temple' LATE 19 Century After a painting by Johann Michael Ferdinand Heinrich Hofmann (German 1824-1911); verso with an impressed s...
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Late 19th Century Antique Still-life Paintings

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Porcelain, Glaze

18th century Italian Still Life painting - Lemons - Oil on canvas Italy
Located in Varmo, IT
Italian painter (18th century) - Still life of lemons. 41 x 61 cm without frame, 53 x 73 cm with frame. Oil on canvas, in wooden frame. Condition report: Painting subjected to rel...
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Late 18th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

A. James - 1900 Oil, A Basket of Flowers
Located in Corsham, GB
Presented in an ornate gilt effect frame with gilt slip. Signed and dated. On canvas on stretchers.
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19th Century Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Game lost
Located in PARIS, FR
Édouard GELHAY (Braine, 1856 - Paris, 1939) Game lost Oil on panel enlarged by two centimeters on the right side Signed lower left. Dedicated top right to Princess Maria JABLONOWSK...
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Late 19th Century Academic Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

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H 17.72 in. W 22.45 in.
Still Life Flowers 18th Century Italian Caffi Paint Oil on canvas Old master Art
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Lombard school of the eighteenth century Margherita Caffi (Cremona 1647 - Milan 1710), circle Still life of outdoor flowers oil on canvas (61 x 89 cm. - with frame 78 x 104 cm.) Th...
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18th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Apples. Oil on linen. Colorful expressionist still-life: flowers, apples, teapot
By Chico Montilla
Located in Segovia, ES
Apples (Manzanas). Oli on linen by Chico Montilla. Measurements: (H) 100 x (W) 81 cm Colorful expressionist still-life with flowers, apples, a teapot... everything ready for a good a...
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Early 1900s Expressionist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Linen, Oil

Still Life of Fruit - Dutch 17th century art Old Master still life oil painting
By Jan Davidsz. de Heem
Located in London, GB
This stunning Dutch 17th century Old Master still life oil painting is attributed to the circle of Jan Davidsz de Heem. Painted circa 1660 it is a magnificent vibrant painting of gra...
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17th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Flowers Paint Oil on canvas Old master 17th Century Italy Still-life Art
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Master of the Grotesque Vase (active in Rome and Naples in the first quarter of the 17th century) Still life of flowers in a classic vase oil on canvas 66 x 51 cm, In frame cm. 82 x...
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17th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Azaleas
Located in PARIS, FR
Jeanne Marie Elisabeth CAGNIN (Lyon, before 1889 – Lyon, before 1907) Azaleas Oil on terracotta Signed and dated lower right 26.5cm in diameter 1887 Marie Cagnin, a native of Lyon...
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Late 19th Century Academic Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Floral Still Life - 1920's Oil on Panel Antique Flowers in a Vase Painting
Located in Sevenoaks, GB
A beautiful circa 1920 oil on panel still life depicting a large bunch of colourful flowers in a vase on a table top. Excellent quality and condition still life, presented in a perio...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil, Panel

Still Life with Teapot - Impressionist Oil on Canvas, Antique Belgian Painting
Located in Sevenoaks, GB
A beautiful early 20th impressionist oil on canvas still life with a teapot and lemon by Belgian artist Victor Simonin. Excellent quality still life painted with thick impasto brushs...
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1910s Impressionist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Floral Still Life with Robin - Austrian 19th century art flower oil painting
Located in London, GB
This beautiful 19th century floral still life oil painting is by noted German/Austrian artist Johnann Georg Seitz. Painted circa 1850 it is a mixed floral arrangement in a terracotta...
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19th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Late 19th Century Oil - Still Life with Game, Fruit and Blue Lustre Jug
Located in Corsham, GB
A fine and elegant oil painting, depicting a still life scene with game, fruit and a blue jug. In precise brush strokes, the artist created a harmonious and well-balanced composition...
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19th Century Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Festoon of Fruit, Still Life Painting, 17th Century, Circle of Cornelis De Heem
Located in Greven, DE
Provenance Private collection, Germany until 2018 The work has been reviewed by Fred Meijer. A festoon of fruits is attached to a blue ribbon on an iron nail. This is composed of li...
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17th Century Baroque Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Flower Still Life, Grisaille, Girl, Jan Pieter Brueghel, Old Master, 17th Art
By Jan Pieter Brueghel
Located in Greven, DE
Provenance c. 1920 purchased in The Hague Private Collection, The Hague, Netherlands By descent in the family to Private Collection, New York (USA), until 2015 This magnificent pain...
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17th Century Baroque Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Allegory with Parrot, Capital, Amphora and Drapes - Painting - Late 19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Allegory with parrot, capital, amphora and drapes is an original oil painting on canvas realized by the artist belongs to the Italian School of the Late 19th Century An esoteric sub...
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Late 19th Century Modern Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

XIX Century Still Life French School Natura Morta Oil on Canvas Blue White Pink
Located in Sanremo, IT
Oil painting on canvas measuring 85 x 65 cm without frame and 88 x 70 cm with frame, depicting a wonderful French vase of flowers from the second half of the nineteenth century. The...
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Mid-19th Century French School Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

“Still Life with Grapes and Peaches”
Located in Southampton, NY
Very nicely executed original still life oil painting on fiberboard by the Wales born artist, Edward Pritchard. Signed lower left. Circa 1915. Condition is very good. The painting i...
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1910s Academic Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil, Fiberboard

“Still Life with Strawberries”
Located in Southampton, NY
Very nicely executed original still life oil painting on fiberboard of strawberries by an unknown artist. Signed lower right, Charles Burch. I believe this painting is quite possibly...
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1910s Academic Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil, Fiberboard

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H 9.25 in. W 12.25 in. D 1.75 in.
Les Gros Prunes, plums still life
By Adam Lehr
Located in New York, NY
This still life of Plums is a top notch example of 19th century still life painting! Beautiful quality and striking but also spare and honest in nature which is what typified Americ...
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Early 1900s American Realist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Flower Garland Virgin Paint Oil on canvas Old master 17th Century Italy
By Giovanni Stanchi
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Giovanni Stanchi (Rome 1608 - 1675) or Niccolò Stanchi (Rome 1623 - 1690), workshop of GARLAND OF FLOWERS WITH PORTRAIT OF THE VIRGIN Rome, First half of the Seventeenth century o...
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17th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

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Still Life with Flowers, Grapes and Mushrooms, XVIIth - XVIIIth century
Located in Milan, IT
Oil painting on canvas. Lombard school of the late 17th-early 18th century. The rich composition offers a large bouquet of colorful flowers in an embossed vase, next to a bowl full o...
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Late 17th Century Other Art Style Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Still Life with Flowers, Fruit and Pumpkins, XVIIth - XVIIIth century
Located in Milan, IT
Oil painting on canvas. Lombard school of the late 17th-early 18th century. The rich composition offers a large bouquet of colorful flowers in an embossed vase, next to two large pum...
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Late 17th Century Other Art Style Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

A Still Life with Poppies, 1906
By Georges Jeannin
Located in Broadway, GB
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 29 x 24 inches (73.7 x 61 cm) SIGNATURE: Signed ‘G.Jeannin’ and dated (lower left) MEDIUM: Oil on canvas Georges Jeannin was a Parisian still life and flower ...
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Early 1900s Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Bouquet de Dahlias, 1890
By Gustave Léonhard de Jonghe
Located in Broadway, GB
DIMENSIONS: 18.1 x 15.2 inches (46 x 38.5 cm) SIGNED: Signed and dated (lower right) and dedicated ‘to my friend Marie Defaux’ MEDIUM: Oil on canvas By the vase a branch rests on th...
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1890s Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

"Study of a Frog Studying Various Plants" France, 19th century
Located in SANTA FE, NM
"Study of a Frog Studying Various Plants" France, 19th century OIl on paper Signed 14 x 10 (18 x 14 frame) inches This well-painted composition of a frog which seems to be observin...
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Mid-19th Century French School Antique Still-life Paintings

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Paper, Oil

Floral Arrangement in Porcelain Vase - French 19thC art flower oil painting
Located in London, GB
This superb Victorian oil painting is by French artist Jules Etienne Carot. Painted in 1884 it is a mixed floral of mainly white flowers, including lilac and roses, which stand out b...
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1880s Realist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Single Dahlias Bouquet - British Victorian art floral still life oil painting
By Mary Rischgitz
Located in London, GB
This wonderful exhibited British Victorian floral still life oil painting is by female artist and flower painter Mary Rischgitz. Painted in 1886 it was exhibited at the Royal Academy...
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19th Century Realist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Bouquet in a vase
By Adolphe DE SIEBENTHAL
Located in Geneva, CH
Work on canvas without frame
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1910s Modern Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

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H 10.44 in. W 8.51 in. D 0.08 in.
Bouquet
Located in Geneva, CH
Work on paper Beige wooden frame with glass pane 85 x 67 x 2,5 cm
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1910s Art Deco Antique Still-life Paintings

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Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Pen

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H 24.41 in. W 17.92 in. D 0.12 in.
Narcisses et soucis (Narcissus and Marigolds)
By Louis Valtat
Located in New Orleans, LA
Vibrantly hued flowers burst forth with color in this Post-Impressionist composition by the French painter Louis Valtat. Narcisses et soucis is a prime example of Valtat’s signature ...
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Early 20th Century Post-Impressionist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Scholars' Treasures
Located in Chicago, IL
A scroll and a small lantern depicted in this 19th-century painting suggest the romantic notion of a Chinese scholar painting in the evening hours. Remarkably vivid, this painting wa...
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Mid-19th Century Qing Antique Still-life Paintings

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Silk, Ink, Pigment

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H 15.25 in. W 20 in. D 1.5 in.
Still Life with Apples
By William Rickarby Miller
Located in New York, NY
Signed and dated (at lower left): W. R. Miller 1891; (at lower right): No. 10
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Late 19th Century American Realist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique French Belle Epoque Portrait of a Lady with Flowers, Original Frame
By French Belle Epoque
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Artist/ School: French School, late 19th century Title: Portrait of a lady from the Belle Epoque period Medium: oil painting on canvas, framed in original gilt frame. framed: 2...
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Late 19th Century Impressionist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Jean-Baptiste Robie (1821-1910) Still life of fruits with chalice
Located in BELEYMAS, FR
Jean-Baptiste ROBIE (Brussels 1821 - 1910) Still life of fruits with a chalice Oil on panel H. 50 cm; L. 38 cm Signed lower right Jean-Baptiste Robie, also called Jean Robie, was bo...
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1870s French School Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Early 20th Century Oil of French Stone Building entitled Interieur et Exteriuer
By Charles Perron
Located in Preston, GB
Early 20th Century Oil of French Stone Building entitled 'Interieur et Exteriuer' by the Award-Winning French Artist, Charles Perron (1893 – 1958). Art measures 12.5 x 9.5 inches F...
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Early 20th Century Realist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Cotton Canvas, Oil

Still Life Arrangement - Dutch Old Master 17thC art oil painting fruit butterfly
By Leendert de Laeff
Located in London, GB
A fine Dutch still life Old Master by Leendert de Laeff which is signed and dated 1664. This oil on canvas on panel depicts a still life of fruit with insects and butterflies. A supe...
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17th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Still Life of Fruit and Flowers
Located in Chicago, IL
This impressionist still life by French painter Léon Garraud depicts a table set with a plate of peaches and a vase of pink peonies and delicate white flowers. The warm palette of or...
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Early 20th Century Impressionist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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H 37.75 in. W 24.75 in. D 1.25 in.
Still Life - Oil Paint by Charles Barbaroux - 1873
Located in Roma, IT
Still life is an original modern artwork realized by Charles Barbaroux, French painter, drawer, illustrator and lithographer, in 1873. Mixed colored oil on canvas. Includes a gilde...
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1870s Modern Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Still Life of Flowers in a Basket - Dutch 18thC Old Master floral oil painting
By Jan Van Huysum
Located in London, GB
This wonderful Dutch Old Master floral arrangement is attributed to circle of Jan Van Huysum. Painted circa 1760 it is a stunning selection of flowers including blue iris, poppies, p...
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18th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Still Life with Flowers and Bird's Nest - British art 1880 floral oil painting
By Henry John Livens
Located in London, GB
This stunning British Victorian floral still life is by 19th century born artist Henry John Livens. Painted in 1880, the setting for this colourful floral arrangement is the forest f...
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1880s Victorian Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Angling Still Life of Fish - British Edwardian art 1910 oil painting fishing
Located in London, GB
This beautifully composed British Edwardian still life oil painting is attributed to noted fish artist Rowland Knight. Painted circa 1910 it is a still life of salmon and rainbow tro...
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1910s Realist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Still Life Of Flowers & A Parrot, 17th Century
By Andrea Belvedere
Located in Blackwater, GB
Still Life Of Flowers & A Parrot School of Andrea BELVEDERE (1652-1732) Large 19th Century Italian old Master Still Life of flowers and a parrot, oil on canvas. Excellent quality ...
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17th Century Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Still Life with Mythological Motifs - Oil Painting - Late 19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Still Life with Mythological Motivs is an original artowork realized by European Master in the Late 19th Century. Mixed colored oil on Canvas Includes a coeval wooden frame.
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Late 19th Century Modern Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Study for "Painting No. I" (Still Life with Bottle, Piano and Guitar)
By Blanche Lazzell
Located in New York, NY
Study for “Painting No. I” (Still Life with Bottle, Piano, and Guitar) Oil and gouache on paper, 10 x 9 1/4 in. Signed and dated (at lower right): Blanche Lazzell, 1924 RECORDED. cf...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Antique Still-life Paintings

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Gouache, Paper, Oil

19TH CENTURY DUTCH SCHOOL, A STILL LIFE OF MIXED FLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES, OIL
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
19th Century Dutch School 'A still life of mixed flowers and butterflies' Medium: oil on canvas, unframed Size of painting : 29" x 23.5" inches
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19th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Still Life with Vase of Flowers by Francesco Bosso - Late 19th Century
By Francesco Bosso
Located in Roma, IT
Still Life with Vase of Flowers is an original modern artwork realized by Francesco Bosso in the late 19th Century. Mixed colored oil on cardboard. Hand signed on the lower left ma...
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Late 19th Century Modern Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil, Cardboard

Hamburger Still Life, "The Icon with Alter Piece"
Located in San Diego, CA
This is a one of a kind original impressionist acrylic painting by San Diego artist, Duke Windsor. Its dimensions are 28x27x4. A certificate of authenticity will follow its delivery....
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16th Century Impressionist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Mixed Media, Acrylic

Floral Bouquet - French circa 1900 Impressionist art oil painting of flowers
By Jacques Emile Blanche
Located in London, GB
A beautiful floral oil painting by the French Impressionist artist Jacques-Emile Blanche. This stunning Impressionist painting, painted circa 1900 depicts a vast floral bouquet of wh...
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Early 1900s Impressionist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

17th-18th century Italian Still Life painting - Fruit bird - Oil on canvas Italy
Located in Varmo, IT
Follower of Giovanni Paolo Castelli, known as Spadino (Rome 1659 - Rome 1730) - Still life of fruit with swallow. 64.5 x 88.5 cm without frame, 76 x 101 cm with frame. Oil on canva...
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Late 17th Century Baroque Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique French Impressionist Bouquet de Fleurs in Vase, signed oil painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Bouquet de Fleurs French School, early 20th century indistinctly signed lower right oil painting on canvas presented in ornate 'Impressionist' frame framed size: 23 x 20 inches condi...
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Early 20th Century Impressionist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Angels Flower Garzi Paint Oil on canvas Old master 17/18th Century Italian Art
By Luigi Garzi (Pistoia 1638– Rome1721)
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Roman school of the early 18th century Luigi Garzi (Pistoia 1638– Rome1721) attributed Still life of fruit supported by three angels Oil on oval canvas 116 x 91 cm., Framed 140 x 11...
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Late 17th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Still Life Flowers 18th Century Italian Caffi Paint oil on canvas Old master Art
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Lombard school of the eighteenth century Margherita Caffi (Cremona 1647 - Milan 1710), circle Still life of outdoor flowers oil on canvas (61 x 89 cm. - with frame 78 x 104 cm.) Th...
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18th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Early 17th century Italian painting - Still Life interior - Oil on canvas Italy
Located in Varmo, IT
Italian master active around 1600 - Archaic still life with fruit, vegetables and game. 108 x 133 cm without frame, 118.5 x 144.5 cm with frame. Oil on canvas, in a gilded wooden f...
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Early 17th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Early 17th century Italian painting - Still Life interior - Oil on canvas Italy
Located in Varmo, IT
Italian master active around 1600 - Archaic still life with fruit, vegetables and game. 108 x 133 cm without frame, 118.5 x 144.5 cm with frame. Oil on canvas, in a gilded wooden f...
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Early 17th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Still Life with Vase, Bottle and Vegetables, Early 20th Century Impressionist
By Ettore Caser
Located in Beachwood, OH
Ettore Caser (Italian, 1880–1944) Still Life with Vase, Bottle and Vegetables Oil on illustration board Signed lower left 22 x 28.5 inches 28.25 x 34.5 inches, framed Born in Venic...
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Early 20th Century American Impressionist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

"Les Nymphéas (The Water Lilies)" Pierre Laurent Baeschlin (1885-1958)
Located in SANTA FE, NM
"Les Nymphéas (The Water Lilies)" Pierre Laurent Baeschlin (1885-1958) Oil on masonite Signed lower right 15 x 18 (22 x 25 frame) inches A superb peaceful and harmonious landscape...
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1910s Post-Impressionist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Masonite, Oil

Hydrangea with Fan - Scottish art 19thC Glasgow Boy artist floral oil painting
By James Stuart Park
Located in London, GB
A fine floral oil painting by Glasgow Boy artist James Stuart Park. This is a super oil on canvas painting of white and pink hydrangea in a vase with a green fan by listed artist Par...
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Early 1900s Realist Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

Rosebush in the Garden
By Achille Théodore Cesbron
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Achille Théodore CESBRON (1849-1915) - Rosebush in the Garden - Oil on canvas signed low left - Old original Frame gilded with leaves - Dim canvas : 78 X 48 cm - Dim frame : 103 X 74...
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1890s Academic Antique Still-life Paintings

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Oil

17th Century by Nicolas van Houbraken Still Life with Mushrooms Oil on Canvas
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Nicolas Van Houbraken (Messina, 1668 - Pisa, 1733) Still life with mushrooms Oil on canvas, cm. 26 x 32 - with frame cm. 38,5 x 33,5 Antique cassetta frame made of carved wood and ...
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17th Century Old Masters Antique Still-life Paintings

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Canvas, Cotton Canvas, Oil

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Antique Still-life Paintings For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of antique still-life paintings available on 1stDibs. Today, if you’re looking for Abstract editions of these works and are unable to find the perfect match for your home, our selection also includes Old Masters. These items have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. You can search the antique still-life paintings that we have for sale on 1stDibs by color — popular works were created in bold and neutral palettes with elements of brown, black, gray and orange. These artworks have been a part of the life’s work for many artists, but the versions made by Oliver Clare, Eugene Henri Cauchois, Georges Jeannin, Francis E. Jamieson and Vincent Clare are consistently popular. Frequently made by artists working in paint, oil paint and fabric, all of these available pieces are unique and have attracted attention over the years. Large antique still-life paintings can be an attractive addition to some spaces, while the smaller iterations available — each spanning 0.1 inches in width — may make for a better choice for a more modest living area.

How Much are Antique Still-life Paintings?

Antique still-life paintings can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price for items in our inventory is $4,548, while the lowest priced sells for $133 and the highest can go for as much as $425,000.

Finding the Right Still-life Paintings for You

Still-life paintings work as part of the decor in nearly every type of space.

Still-life art, which includes work produced in media such as painting, photography, video and more, is a popular genre in Western art. However, the depiction of still life in color goes back to Ancient Egypt, where paintings on the interior walls of tombs portrayed the objects such as food that a person would take into the afterlife. Ancient Greek and Roman mosaics and pottery also often depicted food.

Still-life paintings often feature food, flowers or man-made objects. By definition, still-life art represents anything that is considered inanimate.

During the Middle Ages, the still life genre was adapted by artists who illustrated religious manuscripts. A common theme of these paintings is the reminder that life is fleeting. This is especially true of vanitas, a kind of still life with roots in the Netherlands during the 17th century, which was built on themes such as death and decay and featured skulls and objects such as rotten fruit. In northern Europe during the 1600s, painters consulted botanical texts to accurately depict the flowers that were the subject of their work.

Leonardo da Vinci’s penchant for observing phenomena in nature and filling notebooks with drawings and notes helped him improve as an artist of still-life paintings. Vincent van Gogh, an artist who made a couple of the most expensive paintings ever sold, carried out rich experiments with color over the course of painting hundreds of still lifes, and we can argue that Campbell’s Soup Cans (1961–62) by Andy Warhol counts as still-life art.

While early examples were primarily figurative, you can find still lifes that belong to different schools and styles of painting, such as Cubism, Impressionism and contemporary art.

As part of the wall decor in your living room, dining room or elsewhere, a still-life painting can look sophisticated alongside your well-curated decorative objects and can help set the mood in a space.

When shopping for a still-life painting, think about how it makes you feel and how the artist chose to represent its subject. When buying any art for your home, choose pieces that you connect with. If you’re shopping online, read the description of the work to learn about the artist and check the price and shipping information. Make sure that the works you choose complement or relate to your overall theme and furniture style. Artwork can either fit into your room’s color scheme or serve as an accent piece. Introduce new textures to a space by choosing an oil still-life painting.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of still-life paintings in a wide range of styles and subject matter.

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