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Painting of antique furniture pieces clustered together in a shop.

This painting shows a corner of a darkened room filled with antique furniture pieces. The three most prominent pieces are the side of a wooden china hutch on the left, a central longcase clock, and a wooden bar cabinet with twisted legs on the right. The longcase clock has gilded ornamentation, primarily in the form of vertical lines on the middle portion. The head is rounded and flanked by animal statuettes, and a golden trophy rests on top. The bar cabinet has a cherry wood base with darker wood design, and on the top are glass and porcelain bottles and figurines.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Franz Skarbina, German (Berlin 1849 - 1910 Berlin)
Corner of an Antique Dealer's Shop
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil on panel
23.5 x 14.6 cm (9 1/4 x 5 3/4 in.)
frame: 35 x 26.5 cm (13 3/4 x 10 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: From original BRM record card in object file: Verso, in pencil: Gemalt bei dem Hof-Antiquitätenhändler Lewy (a.d. Kathol. Kirche) im Jahre 1880 Berlin. F. Sk.

    Painted at the shop of the antique dealer Lewy (at the Catholic Church) ub tge year 1880 Berlin F. Sk.


Recorded Ownership History
Agnes A. and Frank P. Abbot, gift; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1964.

Footnotes: Given by the artist to the donors' father.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Agnes A. and Frank P. Abbot
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990)
  • Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 195

Exhibition History

  • 19th- and 20th-Century Paintings and Sculpture from the Museum's Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/11/1980 - 08/31/1980
  • 32Q: 1440 Secessionism: Munich, Vienna, Berlin (Expressionism), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/22/2018 - 04/25/2019

Verification Level

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