This early work by Zuill depicts an arrangement of fruit presented on a polished tabletop with an elaborate edge, carved with a series of overlapping geometric devices. The composition is elegant in its simplicity. Two ripe peaches are displayed with a pear, its tender, softly mottled skin marred by a single blemish, set before bunches of succulent grapes, one green and the other purplish black. The light reflects off the glossy parts of the grapes’ semi-translucent skin, rubbed void of the natural, waxy bloom and furnishing a mirror-like surface.
Versions of this table-edge ornamentation appear in other paintings by the artist, although she utilized a wide range of decorative schemes. Very much in the manner of her teacher, Robert Spear Dunning (1829-1905), the tabletop edge is parallel to the plane of the composition; this format is one typically employed by the artists of the Fall River School.