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Circa 1870 Candy Cummings Portrait in Original Frame
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,645.00
Extraordinary circa 1870 original artwork of Hall of Fame pitcher Arthur "Candy" Cummings. The artwork features a finely executed charcoal and oil portrait of Cummings on board, which is in turn mounted on a slightly larger frame backing. Cummings, who is credited with inventing the curveball, is pictured in formal attire. The artwork is presented in its original oval mat and mother-of-pearl inlaid frame. The backing retains its original paper label seals from a gallery in Hartford, Connecticut, where Cummings was a star player in the mid 1870s. The gallery is the "E.P. & Wm. Kellogg Art and Photography Gallery, 279 Main St., Hartford, Conn." Based on the location of the gallery, the form of the artwork, and the formal attire in which Cummings is depicted, it is our belief that this artwork once belonged to Cummings or the Cummings family. This type of gallery portrait art was always commissioned by the subject or the family of the subject for home display. At the time this piece was made, circa 1870, the formerly very popular artwork portraits were in the process of being replaced in favor of photographic portraits, but as noted on the labels of the piece, this piece was produced during the transition period, during which time this Hartford portrait gallery produced both photographic and original art portraits. The artwork is in Excellent condition. The frame measures 11 x 13 inches and, except for some minor edge chipping, is in Excellent condition. All items related to Candy Cummings are very rare. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,645.00
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