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Balthasar van der Ast
Middelberg 1593/94 - 1657 Delft
STILL LIFE OF PEARS, PEACHES, PLUMS AND APRICOTS TOGETHER WITH GRAPES IN A PEWTER DISH ON A WOODEN LEDGE
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Balthasar van der Ast
Middelberg 1593/94 - 1657 Delft
STILL LIFE OF PEARS, PEACHES, PLUMS AND APRICOTS TOGETHER WITH GRAPES IN A PEWTER DISH ON A WOODEN LEDGE
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Balthasar van der Ast
Middelberg 1593/94 - 1657 Delft
MIDDELBURG 1593/94 - 1657 DELFT
STILL LIFE OF PEARS, PEACHES, PLUMS AND APRICOTS TOGETHER WITH GRAPES IN A PEWTER DISH ON A WOODEN LEDGE
signed lower left: .B. vander. ast...
oil on panel
47.5 by 63.3 cm.; 18 3/4 by 24 7/8 in.
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Catalogue Note

Balthasar van der Ast was both the pupil and son-in-law of Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, by whom his fruit and flower still-lifes are heavily influenced.  Van der Ast studied with Bosschaert's son, Ambrosius II, whose work, like that of his father, had a profound effect on him.  Ambrosius the Elder married Van der Ast's sister Maria in 1604. 

The muted colour scheme is something often repeated throughout Van der Ast's oeuvre; compare, for example, with the similar composition depicting Peaches in a pewter dish with other fruits in the Dordrechts Museum (see L.J. Bol, The Bosschaert Dynasty, Leigh-on-Sea 1960, p. 77, no. 62, reproduced plate 43a).  When offered for sale in these rooms 8 July 1999, lot 14, Fred G. Meijer suggested a dating for the present painting to the 1630s, and it was therefore probably painted in Delft where the artist settled in 1632 after leaving Utrecht.

A Private European Residence: French and Neoclassical Furniture and Paintings & Works on Paper

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