Original Antique Painting Floral / Botanical Still Life Gouache paint on paper. Undated, however this is circa early 1900's.
There is an old tag attached at the rear : From Mary M. Glass , April 28, -22 To Cleora Beecher , Sennett, N. The decorated picture frame is somewhat older than 1922; the frame was probably made in the late 1800's to very early 1900's - circa 1890 to 1910. This gouache still life was probably painted by Mary M.
Glass some years earlier, and later gifted to Cleora Beecher. Cleora's life was touched, repeatedly, with sadness.
See the Biographical Information below. The frame is wood with gold painted botanical composition decoration (leaves, berries). This is clearly an antique picture frame, with old, oxidized wooden backing.The glass is old and original (it has air bubbles). Frame size : Overall, 12 9/16" x 15 11/16" Sight size (viewing area, from the front), 10 9/16" x 13 11/16" Rabbet (picture size that fits well), 11 1/8" x 14 3/16" The gouache painting is in very good condition.
The mat board has a few spots of discoloration (it appears to have some streaky staining, however this looks like it's on the inner surface of the glass rather than on the old mat). The antique picture frame is in very good condition, with just very minor wear. (I see no chips in the decorated surface) The glass is in very good condition. The old wire hanger is still good. Clearly this framed painting was cared-for, in the 100+ years since it was made.
Biographical Information : (information gathered from research) More than likely the artist who created this painting was Mary M. Glass was born on Jan.She died in 1922, later in the same year in which she had gifted this still life to Cleora Beecher. Mary was 57 years old at the time of her death. Cleora was 34 years old when she received this gift. One can imagine that in 1922, Mary was ill and fading, and knew that she would not last much longer. And that she gave her younger friend (possibly her relative) this gift, made with her own hand, as a remembrance of their friendship. Glass was buried in Old Sennett Cemetery, Sennett, Cayuga County, New York. From 1922 to 1977, this painting was owned by Cleora A. Beecher married name Cleora A. Beecher Moyer She was born in 1888.
She was a 1909 graduate of Syracuse University. Cleora and Lydia's parents were Rev. Beecher (1852 - 1922) and Caroline Beecher (1859 - 1939) The Beecher family resided in Sennett, New York. Cleora was one of three siblings, children of the reverend and his wife. She was the only one among the three to survive beyond young adulthood.
Miss Lydia Beecher, a 21 year-old school teacher in Poland, New York, was found beaten to death in the woods. A murder confession was obtained from 16 year-old former student Jean Gianni, who hated her because Lydia had caused his suspension from school. Cleroa's younger brother, Judson Hart Beecher (1890 - 1918), also died young. Field worker ; he died in France of pneumonia during World War I. Cleora Beecher herself died in 1977 (aged 88 / 89).
Her body was also buried at Onondaga Valley Cemetery in Syracuse, New York. The floral still-life painting, which Cleora looked-after carefully for 55 years in remembrance of her friend Mary, is offered here for a new caretaker. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".The seller is "rickl711" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.