American School, 19th/20th Century Two Works: Portrait of a Gentleman
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American School, 19th/20th Century
Two Works: Portrait of a Gentleman and Framed Clendinen Family Crest. Portrait unsigned, oil on canvas, 14 x 12 in., framed with an oval spandrel in a carved W.K. O'Brien & Bro., New York, frame; Crest signed "E. Maynicke Stillman" l.r., mixed media on paper, 17 5/8 x 17 5/8 in., including the decorative mat. Condition: Portrait with craquelure, surface grime; Crest with toning, acid burn, not examined out of frame.
N.B. Emma Maynicke Stillman was listed in census records as an artist, 19th/20th century. In DAR online records, her birthplace is listed as Magdeburg, Prussia, but she was a descendant of a lieutenant in a Philadelphia company at the time of the American Revolution. A handwritten label affixed to the frame backing provides a brief provenance within the Clendinen family.
Frame with a label from W.K. O'Brien and Bro., New York. The address of the shop is printed as "83 Third ave., cor. of 12th st. N.Y." The firm seems to have used that particular address that includes the cross street on labels in 1873-74, although they did business at the address from 1871 until 1899.
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