This painting was most likely purchased directly from Chardin by the eminent Swedish collector Count Gustav Adolf Sparre (1746-1794), who had been studying in Paris between 1768 and 1772. During his time in Paris the Count also bought two other works by Chardin, both genre scenes, The Drawing Lesson, now in the Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo and The Right Education, now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The two genre pictures were probably acquired not directly from Chardin, but rather from the great French collector La Live de Jully. In 1837, Count Carl de Geer bought the entire painting collection of Count Gustav Adolf Sparre directly from his daughter. Count de Geer then gave his paintings collection to his granddaughter as a gift for her marriage in 1855 to the Count Axel Fredrik Wachtmeister. The Chardins, as well as the rest of the painting and furniture collection, remained in Wanas Castle until 1982, when Count Axel Fredrik Wachmeister's grandson, Count Wilhelm Wachtmeister, the former Swedish Ambassador and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Washington, brought them to the United States.
The present lot was paired in the Sparre Collection with another still life by Chardin (sold, Christie's New York, October 21, 1997, lot 130 for $666,500; see Literature below, Rosenberg 1983, no 73A). The two were not necessarily conceived as pendants but were probably executed the same year, 1734. Only the present lot is signed and dated. Another version of the same painting, signed but not dated, is in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio.
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