Early Bill (William) Rank Framed Folk Art Hand Painted Theorem Flowers in Basket
Description: A very decorative and colorful framed oil on velveteen primitive painting depicting a yellow and brown colored basket full of colorful flowers and sitting on what appears to be a green and brown oval rug. The flowers are very colorful with brown, yellow, red, purple, and green. Some of the flowers are open and in full bloom while others are just buds. The artwork is signed in the lower left along the edge f the rug. The painting comes in a wooden frame with mottled black on reddish brown background. The artwork is covered with glass for protection. The piece has brown paper backing with a wire across to hang from. The piece is not dated, but is signed Wm. Rank. Mr. Rank, an artist from Southeastern Pennsylvania, lived in the period 1921-2000. The piece was most likely one of his earlier pieces since it is signed William instead of Bill, which he used in his later days. We believe the piece was probably done in the mid 1950s-1960s. 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 mid 1950s-1960s. Mr. Rank died in 2000.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA.
Size: The piece measures ~15 1/4" by ~13 1/4" and weighs about wo pounds.
Artist: Bill (William) Rank.
Marks: Signed "Wm. Rank" lower left.
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 very good condition with no problems that we could find. The frame has a few scratches and some minor dings. The paper covering on the back shows a few tears and punctures which can be seen in the photo. However, the paper is in place and shows no appreciable losses. Of course, this paper can be replaced with new paper, but we leave that to the discretion of the new owner. The back is also equipped with wire needed to hang the piece. A great piece, ready to hang on your wall and would be a good addition to your collection of folk art. Please view photos carefully for additional condition information and to appreciate its beauty of this nice piece.
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