Still life of pears, apples, grapes and a Chinese jar

CHARLES THOMAS BALE (worked 1868-1875)

Still life of pears, apples, grapes and a Chinese jar

19th century United Kingdom

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A particularly attractive example of Bale’s still life painting, this includes a ginger jar he painted several times, as well as the grapes he was so fond of. Many of his paintings are solely decorative works, produced as ornamental ‘furnishings’ for country houses and the villas of the aspiring middle classes; however, this present image seems to have a symbolic depth beyond the aesthetic arrangement of form and colour: to hark back to the moralizing spirit of 17th century Dutch still life subjects in its presentation of mortality and decay. The autumnal leaves on the bunches of unblemished grapes are standard in Bale’s repertoire, but the apples he has chosen have not, similarly, been plucked at the height of their perfection, but are pocked and scabbed with the marks of age. They are a hectic red, like fruit past its prime, and – in the Biblically-aware 19th century – would have been redolent of the apple picked by Eve, which let entropy into the world.
Height 35.60 cm (14.02 inches)
Width 45.70 cm (17.99 inches)
External Height 53.30 cm (20.98 inches)
External Width 64.00 cm (25.20 inches)
Oil on canvas
'C T Bale'
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