The mill board suffers some paint loss at all four corners, with some of the corners showing signs of being handled and are creased and slightly bent. They are intact but demonstrate signs of coming into contact with other hard objects. The painting's atmosphere is also permeated by three fastener holes. The painting was likely nailed to a wall out of frame in a country home and was not in a frame.It also appears fortunately not to have been cut down. The painting's surface remains otherwise intact and largely free from pushes, stains, creases, abrasions, paint loss or other damage. A wonderful early American oil painting of a familiar bucolic scene, where a farmer's grazing livestock and cows appear to be resting and drinking from a woodland river, with a hatted farmer kneeling and milking one of the cows on the river bank.
There are stones and nicely articulated trees in the background, as well as a large mountain or hill off to the right, portrayed in a light magenta color. The atmosphere is built up with layered, thick, intaglio applications of paint, giving the sky a swirling motion and plastic activity, with white clouds above. The painting hasn't been cleaned and no attempt has been made to'in-paint' or otherwise remedy the loss of paint along the lower margin of the mill board or at the four corners. The painting could be restored quite easily, since the paint loss doesn't occur in the painting's interior field but along the extreme lower margin and corners of the millboard. It would have been framed in a period 19th century lemon-gold gilt frame or perhaps a painted or grained pine Currier & Ives style slanted country frame.
It was a painting produced in the country and was a depiction of early American farm life, which of course dominated the New England State of New Hampshire, just as it did nearly everywhere else in the New World of America. At nearly 200 years old, it's in what would have to be considered to be in miraculous condition, considering where it was found among wool blankets. That may have just saved it being in an unheated barn for all these long years, going from frigid cold to extreme summer hear, unseen and forgotten by everyone until now. Extraordinary and an exciting story of discovery.
It's a gorgeous little landscape painting. It could be allowed to remain as it is or it could be sent out to be professionally cleaned and restored, improving its value and appearance. From early New England, and from before the US Civil War, when agriculture was the dominant paradigm in both the North and the South. 12 ¼ Width x 10 ½ Height. Fair to Good overall antique condition.
Some paint loss at all four corners of the mill board, which have been weakened from being out of frame. Three perforated fastener holes permeate the mill board in the painting's atmosphere. The painting has not been cleaned and is in 100% original, as-found condition. It remains untouched after nearly 200 years. Please scroll down to view enlarged photos below.
The item "19TH C ANTIQUE NEW ENGLAND O/B LANDSCAPE PAINTING WithCOWS, RIVER & FARMER MILKING" is in sale since Friday, April 6, 2018. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in Milford, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.