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  • Carnations

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    A quaint and very charming mid century floral oil on canvas, painted in 1939.

    The striking still life depicts a vase of red, white and orange carnations in a small vase on a tabletop with other objects and fruit surrounding it. The painting features a rich earth palette painted in expressive brushstrokes, and has a wonderful homely feel about it.

    The painting is housed in a very lovely painted wood frame. Both painting and frame are in very good vintage condition.

    Size: 45.5 x 42 cm (including frame)

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  • Still Life with Jugs

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    A small yet very striking mid century modernist still life composition, painted in oil onto board.

    In this well-executed and detailed work of art, there is a strong focus on colours, shapes and form.

    Using a muted earthy colour palette, the artist has thoughtfully used contrasting blocks of colours to illustrate two jugs set against a similarly-coloured background. The differing shades help to create a sense of space as well as make the three-dimensionality of the objects more pronounced.

    Fine and smooth brushstrokes have been used, and in addition to the stunning colours, there is a sense of warmth and gentleness instilled in the painting.

    This oil on board is housed in a  mid century wood frame with an inner linen lining. There are some marks and minor paint loss at the top of the painting (as it might have been reframed), however the work is in very good vintage condition overall. There are some very minor age spots to the frame.

    Size: 42 x 34 cm (including frame)

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  • Fishy Business

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    Painted in 1969, this oil on canvas is housed in a complementary frame. The painting is in very good vintage condition, and there is some general age toning to frame.

    Size: 39 x 43 cm (including frame)

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  • Still Life with Lemons

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    A brilliantly executed mid century still life composition in oil, painted in 1962.

    This still life features a beautifully textured surface, with the artist using very thickly applied layers of paint to create areas of impasto where the paint stands proud from the surface. In this composition, we are able to discern a group of lemons and limes in a white bowl, but the artist has left out realistic detailing, focusing instead on the texture and colour of the objects and background. There is a deliciousness and tactility to the creaminess of the thick paint, almost as if the artist is using the medium of paint itself to capture taste and texture of the pictured fruit.

    This painting is housed in its original mid century wood frame which suits it very well. Both painting and frame are in good vintage condition.

    Size: 40 x 54 cm (including frame)

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  • Shapes in Colour

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    A large and very vivid and striking mid century modernist still life in oil, painted onto canvas.

    Painted in a cubist style, this piece features hard edged shapes in saturated colour. A perfume bottle, a potted plant with a single flower and an apple sit atop a mirrored table. Using a range of non representation colours, the artist has highlighted the forms and shadows of the objects. Broad and distinct brushwork give this painting an expressive and very dynamic feel.

    The colours and style of this painting would certainly make it a statement piece in any interior.

    The painting is housed in its original mid century frame with a dark wood window as well as an inner linen lined window. The painting is in excellent vintage condition. The painting has some minor scuffs and marks, commensurate with age.

    Size: 74.5 x 62.5 cm (including frame)

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  • Dahlias

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    A large and very expressive mid century floral still life composition in oil, painted in 1941.

    Reminiscent of still lifes by the well known painter Vincent Van Gogh, this floral oil also features similar characteristics such as the vibrant contrasts of complementary colours, and short and swift expressive brushwork. In this picture, we see a bouquet of dahlias sitting in an aquamarine vase, and behind that sits a green leaved potted plant. On the bottom right, a small bowl punctuates and balances out the composition. Studying the painting up close, we can see how the artist has used criss-cross brushwork to create depth and three dimensionality, as well as capture the effects of light. There is a wonderful sense of movement and dynamism in the picture. and it would make a striking addition to an interior space.

    This large painting is housed in a robust light coloured frame that suits it very well. The painting is in very good vintage condition. The frame has a loss to the top edge, as shown. It is otherwise in a good and stable condition.

    Size: 77 x 63 cm (including frame)

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  • Flowers & Shell

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    A tall floral composition in oil, painted in 1983.

    A delightful bunch of purple, pink, dark red and white flowers sit within a striking azure blue vase, with a white shell lying quietly at its base.  The artist has painted in an expressionist style, capturing the loose and wild nature of the flowers and their leaves. The flowers and vase are set against a white background, which really makes the colours pop.

    This wonderful floral oil is housed in a white frame which suits it perfectly. Both painting and frame are in good vintage condition.

    Size: 66.5 x 48.5 cm (including frame)

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  • Abstract Still Life

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    A large and striking mid century modernist semi abstract still life in oil, painted in 1955.

    Large and gestural sweeping brushstrokes contrast against thin, angular outlines in black. 2 bottles in the middle ground are discernible, alluding to the fact that the scene pictured before us is a still life of objects on a table. The artist employs some cubist elements too, flattening out the scene and incorporating multiple views to create this abstracted and fragmented scene.

    The painting is housed in a painted wood frame, with visible grain. Both painting and frame are in good vintage condition.

    Size: 59.5 x 78.5 cm (including frame)

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    Les Oignons

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    A calming still life depicting a table setting featuring 3 onions, a glass cup and a wooden container.

    The objects on the table are set against a backdrop that picks up its colours beautifully.

    Executed in earthy tones, and with soft painterly brushstrokes that imbue the work with a sense of tranquility, this still life would easily suit any kitchen or dining room interior.

    This oil on canvas is housed in a complementary thin gilt frame. Both painting and frame are in excellent vintage condition.

    Size: 35 x 48 cm (including frame)

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    Perk

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    An outstanding and lighthearted still life portrayal of florals placed in a blue slender vase and brown pitcher respectively.

    The flowers – painted in soft yellow hues – have great angular edges and are looking cheery. The artist has chosen not to portray the full representation of the vases, adding  an element of mystery to the overall work.

    The objects are placed against a lightly textured background comprising of multiple shades of brown that have been painted with bold brushstrokes; and the earthy colour palette of this work would suit a wide array of interior settings.

    This work is well-presented in a slightly distressed off white wood frame, giving it a rustic feel.

    Both painting and frame are in excellent vintage condition.

    Size: 34.5 x 50 cm (including frame)

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    The Copper Tin

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    A very elegant still life depicting berries around a copper tin with a dome shaped lid. The artist has used a soft, pastel palette to create this finely executed still life, with detailed brushwork that captures the different surfaces that he has chosen to depict. We get a real sense of the light reflecting off the smooth copper tin, as well as the deliciously smooth and soft skins of the berries that surround it.

    It is beautifully framed in a very well suited decorative frame with ornate moulding. Both painting and frame are in good vintage condition.

    Size: 41 x 48 cm (including frame)

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  • Mosaic Fruits

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    A beautifully executed mosaic relief in stone, handcrafted in 1967.

    This three dimensional mosaic made from natural stone depicts a still life composition of pears, grapes, and a fruit bowl.

    Size:  29 x 33.5 cm (including frame)

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    Free domestic (UK) shipping. As this stone relief is very heavy, it is unlikely that we will be able to ship it internationally. If you are very interested and are located outside of the UK, please contact us and we will see what we can do.

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    Rosa

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    A fantastic rendition in oil of terracotta pot filled with roses both in bloom and bud. There is wonderful texture to this work, where creamy saturated colours have been applied to the board in confident strokes.

    The painting is beautifully framed in a very well suited salmon coloured wood frame with inner gilt detailing.

    Both frame and painting are in very good vintage condition.

    Size: 40 x 27.5cm (including frame)

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  • Black & Yellow

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    A small but brilliantly executed mid century abstract still life in oil, by Swedish artist Ivar Morsing, painted in 1956. A bold and vivid palette of black, yellow and green give this picture its punch. Contrasting blocks of saturated colour have been applied to the surface, illustrating the artist’s cubist influences, which he is most known for. This gorgeous semi-abstract painting in oil would certainly stand out in any interior, whether traditional or modern.

    The painting is housed in a dark grey tray frame which suits the style and palette of the painting very well. The painting has some slight losses to the outer edges (as shown in photos), but this does not detract from its overall attractiveness.

    Size: 24 x 46.5 cm (including frame)

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  • Surrealist Still Life

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    A brilliantly executed still life in pastel, beautifully presented in a black card mount and a silver frame.

    The style of the pastel drawing as well as the frame that it comes in are both typically ‘mid century modern’. Vibrant colours juxtapose against cast shadows, creating a sense of mystery within the picture. The objects pictured almost seem to carry personalities of their own that they have intentionally kept hidden. There is a cinematic and theatrical feel to this piece – a feeling that the objects have been grouped together on a stage, knowing that they are bring watched by us. The artist has chosen objects that have strong, clear, statement-like shapes, and has set them against a geometric background, drawing our attention to the lines and forms.

    This pastel is framed in its original light silvery-gold frame , and is set behind glass. The pastel is in excellent vintage condition, and the frame has some minor scuffs which do not detract from its overall attractiveness.

    Size: 41 x 67 cm (including frame)

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  • Fish

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    A really well executed Swedish oil that would also fit in well with British Modern style. The artist plays with shape, form and pattern to create this interesting composition of a group of fish, done in a naïve style.

    This oil on canvas is in excellent vintage condition. It is housed in a simple light grey frame, which suits it perfectly.

    Size: 56 x 46 cm (including frame)

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  • Table with Bottles

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    A large visually-striking and well-balanced mid 20th century abstract still life composition, executed in oil.

    The artwork depicts a setting of blue table filled with an array of bottles and jars of different shapes and sizes, set against a bold red backdrop.

    The artist has intentionally chosen not to paint a realistic portrayal of the objects; and instead, has abstracted their forms down by skillfully layering and pairing contrasting shades on top and beside one another,

    Swift and expressive brushstrokes have been confidently executed in a rhythmic manner, imbuing the work with dynamism.

    This oil on canvas is housed in a silver frame with brown undertones, which pairs perfectly with the artwork itself. Both painting and frame are in excellent vintage condition.

    Size: 56 x 87 cm (including frame)

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  • Midnight Oil

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    A striking yet homely still life in oil, painted in a modernist manner.

    A group of objects including a lamp, a pot as well as an open book sit together in a well-arranged manner.

    Warm colours as well as expressive and rhythmic multi-directional brushstrokes fill the canvas, breathing life into this composition.

    There is also a sense of harmony within the picture – as the artist has thoughtfully painted a different coloured background where each object sits, making each item stand out.

    This oil on canvas sits in a lovely gilt frame with red undertones. Both painting and frame are in excellent vintage condition.

    Size: 64 x 53 cm (including frame)

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  • A Melody

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    A lyrical and emotive mid 20th century still life painting, executed in oil onto canvas. The composition depicts an elegant display of a violin, a musical sheet, 2 fruits and glass objects placed atop a table.

    Large broad diagonal brushstrokes fill the background and foreground of the canvas in an expressive and rhythmic manner –  almost resembling the visual melody of the violin playing, as well as the artist’s passion for music.

    A muted darker pastel palette comprising shades of purple, blue and pink have been used, imbuing the work with both a soft yet dramatic feel that is aligned to its melodic qualities.

    This oil on canvas is in excellent vintage condition. It is housed in a gilt frame with an inner linen lining, that complements the work very well. The frame has slight markings and scuffs, but this is very minor.

    Size: 45 x 75 cm (including frame)

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  • Plate with Pansies

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    A pleasant and well-executed mid 20th century still life in oil, depicting a group of objects on a table including a glass of purple flowers, a plate, and apples.

    This painting emphasises the beauty of still life, where a group of everyday objects that are normally ignored are placed centre stage, forcing us to look and notice their shape, form and colour. Here the artist has juxtaposed contrasting colours to create a sense of depth and space. The broad and expressive brushstrokes add an element of tactility to the painting as well. Overall, there is a wonderful luminous and diaphanous quality to the painting.

    The painting is housed in its original mid century frame with a cream coloured linen border. Both painting and frame are in good vintage condition.

    Size: 44 x 53 cm (including frame)

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    The Teapot

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    An elegant and gentle still life painted in watercolour.

    A teapot, a pitcher, a plate of fruits, and a garlic glove are laid on a table setting against a corner of a wall.

    The artist has chosen a predominately subtle and light colour palette, but has painted the teapot and tomato in rich contrasting shades compared to the rest.

    There is a great amount of detail in the work; and the delicate effects of the medium of watercolour enhances its overall softness.

    This watercolour on paper is housed in a white wood frame, and a unique dark blue card mount that picks up the colours of the blue teapot wonderfully. The artwork is glazed (there is a sheet of plexiglass between the frame and the painting)

    Both painting and frame are in excellent vintage condition.

    Size: 58 x 56 cm (including frame)

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  • Window View

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    A pleasant and well-executed mid 20th century still life oil composition, depicting a flower pot placed on a window sill, with a glimpse into the surroundings outside.

    Upon looking at the painting, our eyes are immediately drawn to the flower vase, as its bolder colours are in contrast to the light and gentle pastel shades of the remaining forms.

    Through the use of swift and straight brushstrokes, the artist displays his painterly skills by utilising bold outlines as well as qualities of the shading technique and smooth gradation of colour to not only give rise to the various forms in the composition, but also to give the illusion of depth and dimensionality.

    This oil on canvas is housed in a gilt frame with lovely red undertones.  Both painting and frame are in excellent vintage condition.

    Size: 52.5 x 44.5 cm (including frame)

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  • Blue Vase & Fruits

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    A soothing and elegant mid 20th century still life executed in oil, where a group of fruits including an apple, orange, 3 pears as well as a blue vase are depicted atop a green surface.

    A rich and lively palette including blues and greens have been used to paint the objects, as they sit against a beautiful peach backdrop filled with multiple undertones. The artist displays his painterly skills by using different hues of each shade and blending them well together to achieve a sense of three-dimensionality for each object.

    The painting has been well-executed in an expressionist manner –  with dynamic and detailed brushstrokes lending the artwork an impressive visual and vibrant appeal.

    This oil on board is in very good vintage condition. It is housed in a well-suited light wood frame, and there is a very small area of surface paint loss to the the right edge of the frame, but this does not detract from its overall attractiveness and is in lined to its vintage feel.

    Size: 48 x 56 cm (including frame)

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  • Still Life in Blue

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    A lively and visually striking still life composition, executed in oil on canvas.

    Depicting a group of objects including a pair of flower vases and apples set against an outstanding cobalt blue backdrop, this painting explores the expressive qualities of brushstrokes and colour.

    The colour scheme of this composition is bold and bright; and the artist has swiftly and confidently executed multi-directional straight lined brushstrokes to fill in all areas of the canvas, adding a sense of dynamism to the work.

    This painting on canvas is in excellent vintage condition. It is currently unframed but should you wish to have assistance with framing, feel free to contact us at info@discerningpalette.com.

    Size: 65 x 58 cm (including frame)

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    Shanghai Blossom

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    A gorgeous and bright floral still life painted in oil onto board. Red and white blooms sit within a delicate blue and white ceramic vase, all set against a painted sky blue background. The painting is wonderfully balanced, and has areas of texture and impasto.

    The painting is housed in very complementary light cream and gilt frame with an inner green window. Both painting and frame are in excellent vintage condition.

    Size: 69 x 57cm (including frame)

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    The Dinner Table

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    A striking and richly coloured oil on canvas, painted in 1968. Painted in an expressionist style, dynamic and distinct brushstrokes full of texture and colour make up this still life composition. A large arrangement of flowers sit on a table, with 3 candles behind it, and a plate and wine glass alongside.. The background is made up of expressive brushstrokes, and areas of impasto (where the paint if applied thickly such that it stands proud from the surface) gives this painting wonderful depth and texture.

    The painting is housed in a simple wooden frame. Both painting and frame are in very good vintage condition.

    Size: 48 x 67 cm (including frame)

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    The Dream

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    A bold and intriguing surrealist painting, executed in oil. Surrealism is an artistic movement that focuses on the exploration of the unconscious mind. This work heavily bears its elements, presenting a dream-like imagery of unexpected forms coming together. Apart from a mix of objects including a tomato, cup, and a moon floating around, we can spot an animal and a human form merging as one on the left, and a guitar and vase blending in on the right.

    Although peculiar, this work of art is nevertheless fascinating and reminds us that strange beauty can be found in the unexpected.

    The painting is housed in a complementary gilt frame which suits the painting well. The frame has minor scuffs and the painting is in good vintage condition overall.

    Size: 68 x 53.5 cm (including frame)

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    Teal Table

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    A vivid expressionist still life in oil. This skilfully executed painting features multi directional brushstrokes in rich colour, creating a very dynamic picture despite the ‘stillness’ of the subject. A group of objects including a ceramic vase of yellow flowers, an apple, a bottle and various other items sit atop a teal coloured table that has been painted in distinct and expressive brushstrokes. The palette of this painting is rich and vibrant, creating a very striking picture.

    The painting is housed in a dark wood and gilt frame which suits it very well and brings out the colour palette further. Both painting and frame are in excellent vintage condition.

    Size: 63 x 73.5 cm (including frame)

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    Crimson

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    A vibrant floral still life in oil, painted in an impressionist manner. Earthy shades of red and orange flowers contrast with the brighter palette of whites and yellow. The flowers sit within a blue-grey vase, which offsets the warmer tones perfectly. The painted is very textured, with areas of impasto where thick paint has been applied.

    This beautiful piece is set within a gilt frame with an inner grey border. Painting and frame are in very good vintage condition overall, with only some minor marks to the inner border of the frame which are not obvious enough to detract from the piece.

    Size: 53 x 46 cm (including frame)

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  • Posse of Pears

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    This oil on canvas is housed in a well-suited cream frame. The painting is in good vintage condition. The frame has some minor scuffs, commensurate with age and in keeping with the general style.

    Size: 32.5 x 70 cm (including frame)

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