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American vintage illustration art painting possibly Mead Schaeffer

American vintage illustration art painting possibly Mead Schaeffer

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1940: Item # 1427134
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Unframed oil, on canvas painting, unsigned, circa 1920's or 1930's, measuring 25" by 32", the subject a rousing toast among a group of men in traditional eastern European or Russian clothing, a lone woman watching warily in the background. The painting is very dirty and as-found with craquelure. Trying to establish authorship, I contacted several prominent auction houses. One declared the painting "Brandywine School" and almost certainly by the important American illustrator artist Mead Schaeffer (1898-1980), likely for a Cosmopolitan Magazine article. Schaeffer's work has brought as high as $75,000 at auction, with a number above $25,000; he studied with Harvey Dunn and Dean Cornwell. The second auction house was not so sure of that attribution to Schaeffer. The painting is offered as-is, for its decorative qualities and the fine hand that created it. Well worth investing in conservation and framing.