Jan Davidsz. De Heem
- Jan Davidsz. de Heem
- Still life with peaches, figs, plums, grapes and oysters upon a wooden table top
- bears initials upper left: C.D.H.f., and with traces of signature upper right
- oil on oak panel
Thence by family descent.
Winterthur, Museum Oskar Reinhart, Oranje! Meisterwerke holländischer Malerei, 29 November 2014 – 5 April 2015, no. 31.
To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Jan Davidsz. de Heem by Fred G. Meijer, currently in preparation.
An almost literal but slightly larger copy of the present painting by the little-known Antwerp painter Thomas Mertens which was signed and dated 1666 was formerly in the collection of Henry H. Weldon in New York, and sold New York, Sotheby's, 22 April 2015, lot 11 (fig. 1). Another anonymous copy was sold London, Christie's, 12 December 2003, lot 84.
Unusually, it is not known where and when Wilhelm Caspar Escher acquired this panel, but it is most likely that it was bought in the 1920s when he seems to have purchased many of his paintings.
1 Canvas, 35.4 by 53.8 cm. See S. Segal in the exhibition catalogue, Jan Davidsz. de Heem und sein Kreis, Braunschweig, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, 1991, no. 13.
2 Inv. 2090, canvas, 49 by 64 cm. See M. Diaz Padrón, Museo del Prado. Catalogo de Pinturas. Escuela Flamenca Siglo XVII, Madrid 1975, vol. I, p. 154, no. 2090 and vol. II, p. 108, reproduced.
3 Panel, 24.3 by 34 cm. Sold London, Christie's, 10 December 1993, lot 12 (£220,000)