Denys George Wells (1881-1937)
Still life with a blue and white dish, vase and fruit on a striped cloth
signed and dated 'Denys G. Wells 37' l.r., oil on canvas
62 x 75cm
Provenance: The artist's family, thence by descent;
Sotheby's, 'Victorian and Edwardian Art', 12 July 2007, lot 73;
Farm House, Farm Street, Mayfair, London.
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Sold for £1,000
Light surface dirt. There are small areas of paint loss leaving canvas visible, please refer to close-up images of paint loss. Deep craquelure in the darkest area lower right, under UV this fluoresces in an unusual way – please see images. Also, a very small hole on porcelain plate (refer to close-up images). Stretcher mark visible along the top and less so on left side. Left edge, there is thicker paint applied possibly from a previous frame, also paint loss along the left edge caused by the rebate of the frame. Under UV no obvious signs of retouching. Overall, in our opinion, the paint loss and craquelure do not detract from the work as a whole.
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