This is a stunning and vibrant watercolor on paper theorem of an arrangement of fruit in a clear glass compote atop a marble pedestal base. Theorem painting was an art form that was taught at schoolgirl academies and was popular with young women from the early decades of the 19th century until around 1870. Theorem was painted with stencils of single elements that were layered to form a composition.
This beautiful and expertly executed theorem is reputedly from Middletown, RI. The reverse of the frame had the pictured tape of John H. Kazanjian & Co., Newport, R.I. We have not found the connection between the company and this theorem. The theorem is circa 1840. The period gilt frame measures 22” x 24” and has a sight size of 19” x 20”. The condition of the theorem is excellent but for expected toning.
Please see Theorem Painting in America for more information on this wonderful form of folk art.