The artist
Private collection, acquired from above
Sale, Alderfer Auction Company, Hatfield, Pennsylvania, December 9, 1999
Private collection, acquired from above
Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York
Private collection, New Jersey


George Cope was a Realist painter who devoted his talent to producing trompe l’oeil still lifes during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Cope studied under Hermann Herzog in Philadelphia, but his subsequent still lifes bare the influence of William Harnett, the leader of the American trompe l’oeil movement. Inspired by the Dutch still-life tradition, trompe l’oeil paintings were designed to fool the eye, making painted objects appear as real things. Cope found success in the genre and attracted the patronage of Philadelphia’s wealthy collectors. His work can now be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art.

George Cope (1855–1929)
Still Life with Berries, Sugar, and Cream Pitcher, 1916
Oil on canvas laid down on board
12 x 9⅛ inches
Monogrammed and dated lower right: GC ‘16
+ Enlarged View
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