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THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Willem Claesz. Heda
A STILL LIFE WITH A SILVER TAZZA, A SILVER POT, A ROEMER WITH WHITE WINE, A GLASS WITH BEER, FOUR PEWTER PLATES WITH A BREAD ROLL AND A SHOULDER OF HAM, ALL ON A GREEN TABLE CLOTH
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 145,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
33

THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Willem Claesz. Heda
A STILL LIFE WITH A SILVER TAZZA, A SILVER POT, A ROEMER WITH WHITE WINE, A GLASS WITH BEER, FOUR PEWTER PLATES WITH A BREAD ROLL AND A SHOULDER OF HAM, ALL ON A GREEN TABLE CLOTH
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 145,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Paintings Evening Sale

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Willem Claesz. Heda
HAARLEM CIRCA 1596 - 1680
A STILL LIFE WITH A SILVER TAZZA, A SILVER POT, A ROEMER WITH WHITE WINE, A GLASS WITH BEER, FOUR PEWTER PLATES WITH A BREAD ROLL AND A SHOULDER OF HAM, ALL ON A GREEN TABLE CLOTH

Provenance

Dr. Leon Lilienfeld collection, Vienna and New York, by 1917;
By descent to Mrs. Leon Lilienfield, Winchester, Mass.;
Her deceased sale, New York, Sotheby, Parke-Bernet, 17 May 1972, lot 52, for $15,000;
With Richard Green, London.

Literature

G. Glück, Die Sammlung Dr. Leon Lilienfield, Vienna 1917, no. 27, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

The composition bears a strong resemblance to several works executed by Heda in the mid- to late 1640s, all of which include the very same silver ewer as the dominant element; see, for example, the slightly larger, 1644 dated work formerly in the collection of the late Count Gerard van den Steen de Jehay that sold in these Rooms, 14 December 2000, lot 32, for £480,000, in which the ewer is placed beside a roemer before a haphazardly piled-up tablecloth. Equally prevalent in Heda's work is the pewter mustard pot which recurs in numerous works throughout the artist's career.

The elaborate nature of this composition is consistent with the artist's output after 1640, when he continued to develop the monochromatic themes and compositions of the 1630s but with a far richer and luxuriant approach. The compositions take on a more casual look and lose the simplicity and linearity of former years but are, however, always built along firm and balanced lines. Heda himself had only begun to paint these monochrome banketjes at the age of thirty-five but, along with Pieter Claesz., he became the foremost exponent of the genre in The Netherlands. He was admitted to the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke in 1637 and in the same year took on his first students, including his son Gerrit Willemsz. and Maarten Boelema de Stomme. After circa 1650 the quality of his works declines and his last dated painting is from 1665. He died in very old age in 1680 at the age of eighty-four.

Old Master Paintings Evening Sale

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