Original Oil Painting of Cherokee Park by Carl BrennerRead More
Sugar Chests like this were used to safe keep (under lock and key) light and dark sugar, and were a status symbol of the wealthy.
This solid walnut Sugar Chest, with tulip poplar secondary wood, has a single board top with perimeter molding over flush a paneled post constructed box. It also has the less common feature of two dovetailed drawers side by side (as opposed to the more common single drawer) and ring turned, tapered legs. Single central divider inside.
ca. 1825-30. Tulip Poplar Secondary Wood. H 28" W 37" D 18" Rectangular
Carl Christian Brenner was born in Lauterecken, Bavaria, Germany in 1838, he went to public school in Bavaria and studied with Philip Frolig in Germany before emigrating to the United States at age 15. He first settled in New Orleans where he worked with his father as a glazer. By 1854 he was in Louisville, Kentucky where he worked as a sign and ornamental painter as well as a house painter.
By 1878, Brenner was a full time landscape painter. His favorite subject matter where beech trees and scenes of Cherokee Park in Louisville and the Cumberland Mountains. Combining a range of styles including Tonalism, Realism and Romanticism his paintings were highly prized and collected during his lifetime.
Today his works can be found in both private and public collections including Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum, Speed Art Museum, Morris Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, S.C.
Exhibited: Philadephia Exposition; National Academy of Desig, 1877-1886; Louisville Industrial Exposition, 1879; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 1878, 1881-85.
Source: Who Was Who in American Art, Peter Falk.
We were fortunate to discover and handle this wonderful creek scene with ducks by well known Tennessee artist Gilbert Gaul. Although we do not know where it was painted, it could have been painted when he was living near Fall Creek Falls in Van Buren County, Tennessee on land he inherited from his maternal uncle, Hiram Gilbert. Hiram stipulated in his will that Gaul had to live on the land, so he built a long cabin and studio. Gaul split his time between Fall Creek Falls and New York City. He later taught at Cumberland Female College in McMinnville, Tennessee. He opened a studio in Nashville in 1905.
We recently acquired for the gallery a wonderful early Still Life of Apples by Cornelius Haly Hankins. Hankins is one of Middle Tennessee’s best know early 20th century landscape and still life painters. Born in Guntown, Mississippi, Hankins moved to Nashville in 1883 and studied under Edwin M. Gardner, soon afterwards he move to Eagleville, Tennessee to teach at Miss Clark’s Select School for girls. Hankins then moved to St. Louis to study with Robert Henri, then with William Merritt Chase in New York City. Between 1894 and 1899, he lived and worked in Richmond, Virginia. By 1904 he was back in Nashville, where he lived for the remainder of his life as a portrait, landscape and still life painter. Hankins was a prolific painter in the 20th century producing many small oil’s on board. We're delighted to have this early example of his work, showing the strong influence of William Merritt Chase.