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[photo] [Lake scene]

Date: undated
Medium: oil on board
Size: 8 x 14 in (20 x 36 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F Schafer", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand.
Verso: Two sticker labels of Kerwin Galleries, one containing painting details.
Provenance: Sold circa 1996 for $1200 by Kerwin Galleries, Burlingame, California. In "Private Collection, Brentwood, California"; sold 14 September 2008 for $350 + 20% as lot 3044, sale 16383, "SoMa Estate Auction" by Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco. Offered March 6, 2011 via eBay by "gonder2", San Diego, California. Sold 10 April 2011 for $850 + unknown buyer's premium as lot 2223, Auction 507, by Clar's Auction Gallery, Oakland, California. Sold 17 March 2018 for $800 + 25% as lot 340, "Fine Art Furniture & Chinese Antiques Auction" by San Rafael Auction Gallery, San Rafael, California; to private collection, Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Reproductions: Kerwin Galleries photo (color); September 2008 sale catalog 16383, lot 3044 (color); April 2011 sale catalog lot 2223 (color)
Site: Uncertain. May be Lake Tahoe, with the Sierras in the background, or San Juan de Fuca Straits, with the Olympic Mountains in background.
Description: Four pictures in one. 1. Near foreground. Small waves break over a rocky point at the right; water covers all but the rightmost front edge. A driftwood snag lies atop the rocks. 2. Farther foreground. Looking across a small cove to another rocky point on the right with several white seagulls flying overhead. Three conifers stand on the point, the tallest one leaning slightly toward the water. More snags are on the ground below the trees. There is green underbrush along the water's edge; higher up on the point is brownish grass. 3. Middle distance. Two white sailboats are seen on the water. 4. Background. On the other side of the water, a low coastal ridge on the left gives rise to a rugged rocky range on the left; behind that is a rugged, snowcapped mountain range on the right, against a featureless sky. (From a color photograph, December 1996.)
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the Kerwin Galleries photograph.
Other title(s): Mountainside lake (Clar's Auction Gallery 2011 sale catalog); Mountain Lake (San Rafael Auction Gallery 2018 sale catalog)

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