Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

A European or South American “F. Schäfer”.


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A European or South American "F. Schäfer"

Four oil and five watercolor or gouache cityscapes of European and South American scenes have emerged bearing the signature "F. Schäfer" in a square lettering hand that is quite different from that of Frederick Ferdinand Schafer. The subject matter, composition style, palette, and signature are all quite different from those characteristic of Frederick Ferdinand Schafer, so it seems likely that this is a different artist.

The canvases appear to be old and the figures in some of the paintings are in Victorian dress, suggesting a date around 1900. One painting, of Avenue de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, depicts 1930s automobiles, so the artist must have still been active then. Seven of the paintings emerged in Buenos Aires and one in Montevideo, Uruguay (the ninth lacks provenance), suggesting that the artist is South American or possibly a German immigrant. Nothing else has been discovered about this other F. Schäfer.

For reference, at the right are images of five of the paintings and their signature inscriptions.

[painting image]

Untitled village scene
by "F. Schäfer"

Watercolor, 13.5 x 18 inches
eBay auction 1420210118, June 2001
Owner's photograph

[signature inscription]

[painting image]

Untitled village scene
by "F. Schäfer"

Watercolor, 16 x 13 in
emerged in Buenos Aires, June 2003
Dealer's photograph

[signature inscription]

[painting image]

Untitled city dock scene (Amsterdam?)
by "F. Schäfer"

Oil on canvas, size not reported
Emerged in Buenos Aires, 2004
Owner's photograph

[signature inscription]

[painting image]

Untitled Parisian scene
by "F. Schäfer"

Oil on board, 8 x 11 in
Emerged in Buenos Aires, 2004
Said to have been purchased
in Paris around 1900
Owner's photograph

[signature inscription]

[painting image]

[Avenue de Mayo, Buenos Aires]
by "F. Schäfer"

Watercolor, 21 x 18 in
Emerged in Montevideo, 2010
Owner's photograph

[signature inscription]

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