PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF BERNARD PALITZ
The knife in the foreground- a bruidsmessen- is included in no less than five of Peeters' paintings, ranging in date from 1611 to the 1630s1, and is a type which was widely produced in the Low Countries in the first quarter of the seventeenth century. They are generally thought to have served ceremonial functions at weddings, as most examples are engraved with a female recipient's name as well as a didactic motto. The present example, for instance, contains the words SPES and FIDES, an abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘spes, amor et fides’, which translates to ‘hope, love, and assurance’. Examples of these ornamental knives are housed in the Rijksmuseum, the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts, Brussels, and the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.
Additionally, a number of the other objects painted here are repeated in other compositions by Peeters. Notably, the Venetian wineglass with butterfly stem is found in her Still life with seafood and wine (Poltava Art Museum, Hibbs Decoteau cat. no. 16); the pewter plate of crayfish (ibid., no. 16) and a still life of fish in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp (ibid., no. 27); as well as the short ceramic Friesen/Westehall jug behind the stack of cheese (ibid., no. 29), and the still life with an artichoke in a private collection, Germany (ibid., no. 21).
1. Hibbs Decoteau 1992, cat. no. 29; Still life with a pie (Prado, Madrid); Still life with fruit and flowers in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Hibbs Decoteau 1992, cat. no. 20); Still life with a pie (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the former Richard Green "Cheesestack.")
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