CHARLES THOMAS BALE

(1849 - 1925)

STILL LIFE - EARTHENWARE FLAGON, GRAPES, PEACHES AND PLUMS

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

England

DATED

19th Century

MEDIUM

oil on canvas

PROVENANCE

Private collection

SIGNED

Bottom LHS

DIMENSIONS

Painting

430 mm x 330 mm

Framed

650 mm x 550 mm

PRICE

£1600

 

This attractive still life painting, this includes a earthenware flagon/jug with grapes, plums and peaches. Many of Bale's paintings are solely decorative works, produced as ornamental ‘furnishings’ for country houses and the villas of the aspiring middle classes. The autumnal leaves on the bunches of unblemished grapes are standard in Bale’s repertoire. The painting is in excellent condition and is framed in a decorative quality wood and gesso gold frame

Little is known of Charles Thomas Bale (fl.1866-92), save that in 1872 he exhibited at both the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street.

He was an extremely prolific artist, producing hundreds of still life paintings which depict various combinations of fruit, flowers, birds’ nests, game, silver and earthenware jars. These seem to be almost entirely in private collections, possibly because of their domestic scale and decorative content; although the work of many of his peers (Eloïse Stannard, Oliver Clare and William Henry ‘Bird’s Nest’ Hunt) has been more openly recognized.

The 19th century was a golden age for still life painters, and numbers of them flourished throughout the century, from William Henry Hunt (b.1790) to Catherine Wood (d.1922).

Bale shares with them a fairytale or Arcadian vision of plenty, in which the largest works arranged extravagant cornucopias of fruit, etc., over shelves or Turkey carpets. His work individually has been compared specifically to that of George Lance (1802-64) and the latter’s pupil, William Duffield (1816-63), both of whom had connections with Belgium.

Bale also painted genre scenes, landscapes, and a few scenes of social realism; he signed his work either ‘C.T. Bale’, or with a monogram.

Works in public collections include Still life with dead game, a pair (both Wakefield Art Gallery).

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