Theorem painting of a basket of fruit, watercolour on velvet. Unusually signed bottom right: A Hall.
Early 19th century, probably English.
In it's original rosewood frame (slight damage to corners), under glass. Please excuse glass reflections in the photographs.
Sight: 15.25" x 11.25 (39cm x 29cm)
Frame: 19" x 15" (48cm x 38cm)
Theorem Stencil Paintings
A Theorem stencil, also called theorem painting or velvet painting, is the art of making stencils and using them to make drawings or paintings on fabric or paper.
A vogue for theorem stencil painting began in England at the turn of the 18th century, and quickly travelled to colonial New England where the art was taught to young ladies in academies and boarding schools.
The designs were traditionally painted on velvet and the stencils were laid down in multiple overlays. The designs were always three-dimensional, primitive and stylised, with no gaps in between the overlays. Fruit and floral arrangements are the most popular subjects, but scenes are occasionally found.
They are not often signed.