Christmas Pass, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), signed L. Coape-Arnold. c1960.
Watercolour on paper, framed and glazed. Dimensions : Frame : 420mm x 285mm x 30mm. Image : 275mm x 145mm. Weight : 1.120kg net. Condition : Good.
Christmas Pass, Rhodesia, watercolour on paper, signed L. Coape-Arnold. Framed and glazed.
Dimensions : Frame : 420mm x 285mm x 30mm. Image : 275mm x 145mm.
Condition/Notes : Overall, the painting is in good condition. The colours are vibrant with the blossom of the trees. There is no sign of foxing on the body of the painting but there is some light toning around the edges which has probably been caused by the proximity of the acid mount window edges which are quite browned. The scene depicts the famous Christmas Pass near to Mutare with the old road leading into the well recognised hills in the distance. The artist's signature is printed in the lower lh quarter. The painting is displayed within an aging grey acid mount but which complements the style of the painting and frame. A gilt inner surround also adds to the presentation of the painting. The carved wooden frame is sturdy and in good condition with some light scratching in places. The back of the frame is closed with a knotted wooden board fixed to the gilt surround and sealed with gummed framing tape. On the lower tape is written in handscript "Re Framed Christmas Pass Rhod" indicating that the original frame has been replaced and that the painting originates from the pre-independence days estimated to be c1960. A very interesting study which captures the essence of the famous road and the beauty of the landscape. Please view the images below : (Please appreciate that due to the distance between frame glazing and actual watercolour it is difficult to get an accurate and reflection-free photograph and so several very similar views are displayed in an attempt to give a true image.
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