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What is this ODD texture on hand painted mural/table?

Posted by BradleyD (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 22, 14 at 20:48

I am curious about the peculiar (to me, anyway) texture in the painting of of this hand painted table. The table is wood, of course, but the paint has a sort of dappled texture that would seem to indicate that the painting was done atop another surface which was applied to the table.

Does this indicate that a canvas was applied to the table's surface, or does that texture come by some other means? That "texture" is not present on the underside of the table.
I invite guesses on its age too, though I am less concerned with that because I like the aesthetics. When you look at it in person, you can see and even feel the brush strokes in the flowers. Also, there is no signature. And again, there is none of this texturing anywhere on the table except on the top surface painting.

This second photo shows a closeup of the peculiar texturing. In the first photo you can see why I considered this a STEAL for only $50.

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RE: What is this ODD texture on hand painted mural/table?

Second photo with closeup of dapples, dimples whatever the heck these things are! Again, my only clue is that this is present ONLY on the top of the table where the mural is painted. That's why my guess is that perhaps the painting was done on a canvas and we are looking at the canvas surface, which was applied to the table. Don't hesitate to disagree if you have a better theory.

RE: What is this ODD texture on hand painted mural/table?

It's beautiful. Does it look old underneath? I know that old paintings that were varnished are sometimes kind of bumpy feeling. Is it signed underneath or any where on top!! I think you got a great buy! Enjoy!

RE: What is this ODD texture on hand painted mural/table?

Thanks! Sadly, no signature, and the color is a flat dark green on the underside. The brackets that hold the legs to the table look extremely modern, but that doesn't necessarily mean the table is modern, as old family possessions DO tend to get fixed up. Tables are notorious for becoming wobbly with age. It is the mural on top that makes me suspect it is old, though granted that is not much to go on. Unsure you can tell from my photos, but the paint in those flowers is soooooo thick you can actually feel it, so it is definitely hand-done. They sure aren't doing that at Target, or Walmart or Pier One Imports these days. On another antiques site, I saw a vintage high chair from the 1950s with cartoon images on it and even those were simply decals, not paintings.

But yes, I am satisfied, whatever its age.

Still hoping someone sees this and explains those dimples though. It might validate my canvas theory and I could further ask "when were they attaching canvasses to furniture?"

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