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PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION

Jan Davidsz. De Heem
A STILL LIFE OF A GLASS OF WINE WITH GRAPES, BREAD, A GLASS OF BEER, A PEELED LEMON, FRUIT, ONIONS AND A HERRING ON A DISH UPON A TABLE DRAPED WITH A GREEN CLOTH
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PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION

Jan Davidsz. De Heem
A STILL LIFE OF A GLASS OF WINE WITH GRAPES, BREAD, A GLASS OF BEER, A PEELED LEMON, FRUIT, ONIONS AND A HERRING ON A DISH UPON A TABLE DRAPED WITH A GREEN CLOTH
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Jan Davidsz. De Heem
UTRECHT 1606 - 1683/4 ANTWERP
A STILL LIFE OF A GLASS OF WINE WITH GRAPES, BREAD, A GLASS OF BEER, A PEELED LEMON, FRUIT, ONIONS AND A HERRING ON A DISH UPON A TABLE DRAPED WITH A GREEN CLOTH
signed and dated upper right: J.de.heemf./Ao 1653.
oil on oak panel
33 by 49.5 cm.; 13 by 19 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Possibly collection of Jean de Jullienne (1686-1766), Ecuyer, Chevalier de l'Ordre de St. Michel, Paris;
His posthumous sale, Paris, Remy et al., 30 March 1767, lot 126 (sold 240 livres), described as: ‘Un Hareng sec sur une assiete, des Grenades ou Crevetes, du Raisins, des Cerises, du Pain; & deux différens verres posés sur une table couverte d'un tapis. Ce Tableau peint sur bois porte 12 pouces de haut, sur 18 de large’;
With Duits Ltd, London;
Purchased from the above by the father of the present owner, probably in the 1950s.

Catalogue Note


This recently rediscovered still life, which has not been seen on the market for over fifty years, is one of no less than nine paintings so far known by De Heem which were painted in the same year, 1653. Of these, the Still life with oysters and grapes today in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art probably comes closest in spirit and conception to this panel, though its composition has a more right-sided emphasis.1 The Venetian-style wine glass, for example, is common to both works, and as Fred G. Meijer has pointed out, so is De Heem's technique of employing highlighted branches and tendrils in order to achieve spatial depth in the design. The sliced herring in the centre of the present painting originally had its head pointing up, but this has since been painted out. Another such treatment of the fish, also with accompanying onions, shrimps and bread is to be found in the undated and slightly larger canvas in the Liechtenstein Princely collections in Vienna.2  As Meijer has speculated, the glass of beer and the onions may well have been added specifically to go with the herring, as all three were (and still are) traditionally eaten together.

We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague, for confirming the attribution to Jan Davidsz. de Heem following first hand inspection of the original, and for providing the possible early provenance for this lot. This painting will be included as no. 53.03 in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of De Heem.

Jean de Julienne was an important collector and patron of the arts in 18th-century Paris. He had set out wanting to be an artist himself and had initially studied alongside Watteau, by whom he was to own some 450 drawings. The landscape by Nicolaes Berchme in the Day Sale of this sale was also owned by him (lot 144). De Jullienne was
painted by Jean-François de Troy, in a portrait today in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes, in which he holds a drawing and a pencil, his Order just visible lower left.

1. Inv. M.86.95. Panel, 14 1/4  by 20 7/8  in. (36.2 by 53.02 cm.).
2. Inv. no. G 777. Canvas, 46 by 64.8 cm. Exhibited Braunschweig, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Jan Davidsz. de Heem und sein Kreis, 1991, no. 16.

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