A tradition fruit display done in oils on a canvas 35"x 37". Artist has 1 item in SAAM. Born in Crawfordsville, IN, 1893. He was a personal friend of my grandparents, also from Crawfordsville. It has been in family homes since purchased. It has the original frame. Penciled on the back is price of $1,250. Probably purchased in 1930's or 1940's.
Privately owned by my grandparents and parents. Artist was person friend of family. He is known in Indiana, and may have other works displayed at Wabash College or in private exhibits in Crawfordsville
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Schlemmer has a small body of work that has sold at auction to provide an idea of fair-market value but the highest price on record is $720 in 2006 when the market was stronger but this is a much nicer painting than that and, in the correct auction in Indiana where there would be local appeal, I think this could set a record for artist.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
Fritz (Ferdinand) Louis Schlemmer (American, 1892-1947)
Still life with fruits and vegetables and a basket on a table
oil on canvas
signed upper left
35 by 37 inches
CONDITION: appears to be in good condition; value assumes no repairs, breaks or inpainting
PROVENANCE: acquired from the artist, thence by inheritance
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.
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