Oreste Costa (Italian, 1851-1901) oil on canvas trompe l'oeil nature morte painting; oval still life with goose and raven strung together and hanging against a paneled wall, above a marble surface with apples, orange and nut at left and two smaller dead birds at right. Signed "O. Costa" and dated "1871" lower left. Oval giltwood and patinated molded frame with carved shells at each end. 25 1/2" x 20" sight, 35" x 28" framed. Late 19th century. Provenance: Private Middle TN collection. CONDITION: Painting – very good condition with some fine, light craquelure. Area of inpainting, 1/2" L, to right side of duck's chest, and scattered inpainting to apples on left side. Frame with later gilding and painting, very good condition.
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