Moonshine Gambling Oil Painting from 1800s | Still Life
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Here we have the ultimate underground gambling and moonshine art piece, and from the 1800s no less. This one is a straight up underground treasure. It's a still life oil on canvas of a Kentucky Moonshine bottle, some playing cards and holder, and a rundown background wall. I've never seen a still life with a bottle of moonshine....ever. The artist had an ax to grind with the snooty boots in high society.
I imagine at some point this painting was under the arm of a bandit running through the backwoods way past the midnight hour. So good.
The canvas was looked at by an art historian and they estimated it to be from the 1800s. There is a thick glaze over the paint. The piece was originally acquired in Texas but my guess is the painting was done in Kentucky, for obvious reasons. The piece isn't signed but I wonder if there are initials by the Queen card. On the original board backing "Brown" was written twice. I'm not sure if they were referring to the artist or something else.
The framed piece measures 16" x 13.5". The exposed canvas measures 11.75" x 9.5". The canvas has patina galore, which adds to the look and mystique. There is a crease that crossed the top of the bottle.e There is some discoloration spots (I hope it's not blood!). There are paint losses, especially in the bottom right corner. On the reverse canvas there is signs of water staining. I replaced the original board backing with acid-free backing board. The glass shifts slightly within the frame. I can ship the original board with the painting.
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Imagine where this was painted. Debauchery, violence, and danger surrounding you. Somebody wanted the seedy underground captured on canvas. Good luck finding another one. She's a backwoods jewel.