Modena, 1677 - 1752
A pair of still lifes with fruit and parrots
a pair, in elaborate carved and gilt wood frames
54 by 36 inches
Henry Clay Gibson was a liquor baron in Philadelphia, son of the founder of the Monongahela Distillery at Gibsonton, Penn. He was considered to be one of the richest men in Philadelphia and his art collection was very highly esteemed and described as "second to none in this country” by the New York Times in his obituary.
Henry Clay Gibson (1830-1891), circa 1881, Maybrook mansion, Wynnewood, Pennsylvannia, thence to his daughter Mary Klett Gibson (1876-1959);
John W. Merriam (1908-1994), circa 1956, Maybrook mansion, Wynnewood, Pennsylvannia thence to his wife Elisabeth C. Lockyer;
Robert Lockyer, Maybrook mansion, Wynnewood, Pennsylvannia.
Another similar but much smaller pair (25 by 35 inches) were sold in Rome, Christie’s, 8 April 1991, lot 154 fir 51,750,00 lira ($41,292).