Apples in a Basket

Levi Wells Prentice (1851 - 1935)
Oil on canvas
11⅞ x 18 inches
Signed center right: L.W. Prentice.


Private collection, Connecticut
Sale, Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Milford, Connecticut, April 24, 2003, lot 78
Private collection, acquired from above
Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, February 26, 2014, lot 139, from above
Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York, acquired from above
Charles Elchoueri, Brooklyn, New York, acquired from above, 2015


(Possibly) Barbara L. Jones, Nature Staged: The Landscape and Still Life Painting of Levi Wells Prentice (Blue Mountain Lake, NY: The Adirondack Museum, 1993), 90, no. 248 (as Basket of Apples Under a Tree).


In the Adirondack Museum’s 1993 exhibition catalogue, curator Barbara Jones describes Prentice’s affinity for apples as a still life subject: “Prentice’s favorite still life subject was the apple. He depicted both interior and exterior views of that particular fruit in myriad ways: in a tin pail, in metal or silver bowls, in a paper page; in and spilling out of bushel baskets, quart containers, or woven baskets.”

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