The painting of flowers in a vase is signed at lower right "P. Dieffenbach". It took me a while just to figure out this signature, and subsequent internet research has revealed that this is by a talented German-American artist who painted fruits and floral works, (apples, peaches, lilacs), and possibly other subject matter. Two of the works found online are dated 1862 and 1879; I feel this example would comfortably date to the 1870's or 1880's. The painting measures 30" by 22" and is presently unframed. It has been relined in fairly recent decades, and examination under a black light reveals that there has been some inpainting primarily at bottom and lower right, yet, the area of the signature itself does not fluoresce. There are also a few other scattered inpainted areas such as at the bottom of the vase. The artist must have been familiar with 17th and 18th century Dutch still life painting. Note the detail and particularly the two trompe l'oeil water droplets, in the Dutch style. The painting if framed with traditional gold will prove a valued addition to any traditional . The subtle, almost autumnal colors are quite neutral and compatible with many furnishings. The painting is a scarce piece by a talented artist who left behind for posterity a very small body of work indeed.