PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION
While Cornelis' compositions tend to be somewhat simpler than those of his father, this picture quite clearly incorporates certain iconographic elements commonly found in the work of Jan Davidsz. Many of the same objects and arrangements of such objects, including the orange and rind, Wan Li porcelain bowl, and centrally positioned glass vase are found in the work of the elder painter. Much in the same way that his father sought to compose an elegantly cohesive unit from a profusion of objects, Cornelis here successfully integrates a whole range of elements into a single, unified composition.
We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague, for supporting the attribution to Cornelis de Heem, based on photographs.
A note on the Provenance:
This picture once formed part of the famed collection of the British Rail Pension Fund. Beginning in 1974, the British Rail Pension Fund began to invest in art as a means of diversifying its investments. It would ultimately devote £40 million, or roughly about three percent of its holdings, towards art purchases. Focusing on superlative quality, the Fund amassed one of the most important and diverse collections in Europe, including important works by Monet, Picasso, Cranach, Goya, as well an important collection of ancient glass. The present work was sold as part of a series of sales at Sotheby's which included their property in the mid 1990's.
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