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Hal Opperman (see Literature) has suggested that this still life may have been en suite with Still Life with a Musette and Music, which is of almost the same dimensions (65 by 80 cm.), in a private collection, Paris;2 he dates both pictures to circa 1725 and suggests that they were, perhaps, part of the same decorative scheme. Opperman corrects all previous literature and exhibitions concerning the present work, from 1860 on and including Prat (see Literature), with regard to the painting’s provenance and that it was said to bear a date of “1725.” There is no evidence, as had been previously recorded, that this painting was owned by the Marquis de Beringhen at the Château d’Ivry or that it was shown in the Salon of 1741. The Marquis’ painting, a devant de cheminée, which was exhibited at that Salon (no. 34), is traceable to a sale at Paris, Hôtel Drouot on 26 February 1942, lot 42, but has since disappeared.3
1. See H. Opperman, J.-B. Oudry, exhibition catalogue, Fort Worth 1983, pp. 75-77.
2. See Opperman, under Literature, vol. I, p. 563, cat. no. P533, vol. II, p. 947, reproduced p. 1037, fig. 129; and Georges de Lastic (1927-1988): Le Cabinet d'un amateur collectionneur et conservateur, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Senlis and Clermont-Ferrand 2010-2011, no. 36, reproduced.
3. See Opperman, op.cit.,vol. I, p. 565, cat. no. P538.
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