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Still Life

Morston Constantine Ream

American Art

This artfully composed still life of a dessert table evokes the material and aesthetic opulence of dining in a well-to-do Victorian home—the kind of setting in which the flatware exhibited below would have also appeared. Interestingly, the silver cream pitcher and sugar bowl decorated with Grecian motifs closely resemble objects produced by the Reed & Barton company at the time of Morston Ream’s painting.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1876
DIMENSIONS 32 1/16 × 25 7/8 in. (81.4 × 65.8 cm) frame: 45 7/8 × 39 3/4 × 5 1/4 in. (116.5 × 101 × 13.3 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: ""Morston Ream / 76"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Morston Constantine Ream (American, 1840–1898). Still Life, 1876. Oil on canvas, 32 1/16 × 25 7/8 in. (81.4 × 65.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 87.139.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.139.1_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 87.139.1_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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