1885 YELLOWSTONE antique painting calif western vtg wyoming volcano umbrella art For Sale
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1885 YELLOWSTONE antique painting calif western vtg wyoming volcano umbrella art:
The Bohemian Club, San FranciscoJames Everett Stuart (1852-1941)
Yellowstone Park ~ August 16, 1885
Stuart was a founding member of San Francisco's cigar smoking Bohemian Club and thispainting was painted on the lid of an extremely *rare and expensive cigar box from a San Francisco tobacco company. The box was a large 16" size which suggests a compartmentalized-variety 'gift' box ...a gift fromthe Club?
"Lone Star Geyser. Yellowstone N.P."Oil on wood. Stuart had been hikingformore thantwo monthsby the time hereached Lone Star. The geyser is in a remote area of the park and the well-dressed Victorian figures are most-certainly fictitious, added for scale. This painting tells the story of a resourcefulearly American explorer who,aftertromping throughthe wilderness for months, and, after smokingthe last of his cigars,dismantled the box and used it ashiscanvas.A great piece of American history and one of the earliestknown depictions of Lone Star.
A number of U.S. presidents were/are members of The Bohemian Club and The White House is just one of severalinstitution's that hold Stuart's work. The actual painting (the cigar box lid) measures 16" by 9 1/4". Measures about 14" by 20" to outside of period frame.
*to date, this is the ONLY known example of this 16" cigar box. Nocomplete box is known to exist. If you have a Stuart paintingon wood that measures 16" by 9 1/4" it is the bottom of this same box!Andbe sure tovisit our store where we are currently offering a nice selection of hugely important and historically significant pieces of Art. A five pound sterling silver "Bug Basket" from Buckingham Palace, the most-prized possession of the last reigning monarch of The Kingdom of Hawai'i, an artifact from The White House and Porcellian Club (the birthplace of Facebook), the first man to the moon's 1st appearance in Space, an authentic Witch coven's serving charger and an 1885 New York City "Sitting Bull" Cigar Store Indian are but a few of our most interesting pieces.
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