Monumentally large East Tennessee still life oil on canvas titled, “1815” by Mayme A. Freeman (Knoxville, TN, b. 1884). This work was exhibited in the Appalachian Exposition of 1910 held in Knoxville, Tennessee and retains the exhibition number in the lower left corner, “278”. The still life depicts a cabin mantel with a full stock, flintlock long rifle, powder horn, and leather pouch. A large stoneware jug and an almanac, Webster_s letter book, are also displayed upon the mantel. A key, iron skimmer, and dried peppers hang on the wall below the rifle. Housed in a dark wooden frame with mounted wooden plaque listing title and artist. This work is listed in the “Catalogue Fine Arts Section Appalachian Exposition”, p. 69. Sight – 39 5/8″ H x 71 3/4″ W. Framed – 48 3/4″ H x 80 3/4″ W. Biography: Mayme A. Freeman was listed in a Knoxville, TN 1904 U. S. City Directory under Artists. She was the niece of the famous Knoxville, TN artist Enoch Lloyd Branson (Tennessee, 1853-1925). Her mother was Susan E. Freeman (Branson) daughter of Enoch Branson, sister of Enoch Lloyd Branson. Provenance: Descendant of Branson family. Note: Another Appalachian Exposition still life, Lot 206: 1910 Appalachian Expo. Still Life by Mayme Freeman was sold in our July 30th, 2016 sale. CONDITION: Some exfoliation and water or solvent drips to center, left margin and left lower corner. Surface grime and light overall craquelure. Rubbing and losses to edges with some scattered losses.
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