Contemporary Framed Folk Art Hand Painted On Velvet Pennsylvania Dutch Style Theorem Distelfink Perched on Tulips By Bill Rank
Description: A very decorative and colorful framed oil on velveteen primitive painting depicting a Distelfink (the bird representing happiness and good fortune in the Pennsylvania German culture) perched on a tulip plant. The bird has its neck bent downwards with its beak in front of its chest. The tulip plant is in the form of a long green stem with maroon and yellow colored flowers. The bird has a green wing with brown center and a green tail. This nice Pennsylvania Dutch style theorem comes in a nice painted wooden frame covered with glass for protection. The frame is brown in color with dark colored sponged highlights. The painting is very colorful with black, yellow, brown, maroon, and green all on an off-white background. The back of the frame is covered with brown paper and has a wire and a metal bracket attached to the top both of which can be used to hang the piece. The piece is signed Bill Rank but is not dated. Mr. Rank, an artist from Southeastern Pennsylvania, lived in the period 1921-2000. The piece was probably done in the 1950s-1980s. A nice piece of American Folk Art in the best Pennsylvania Dutch tradition to add to your collection. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Unknown but probably 1950s-1980s. Mr. Rank died in 2000.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA.
Size: The piece measures ~14 7/8" by ~12 7/8" and the framed piece weighs about 1 pound and 14 ounces.
Artist: William (Bill) Rank.
Marks: Signed "Bill Rank" below the bird's feet along the stem of the flower.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a beautiful and very nice decorative primitive Pennsylvania Dutch style art piece. It would display very well in your collection or can be used as an accent for your home decor.
Condition: The piece is in excellent condition with no problems that we could find. The frame has a few scratches but nothing to worry about. The paper covering on the back is in good condition with a few pulls and some breaks near the top below the hanger bracket but nothing of concern. The piece is equipped with a wire and a metal bracket attached to the top both of which can be used to hang the piece on your wall. A very nice example of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art which would make a good addition to your collection of folk art. Please view photos carefully for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of this nice piece.
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