The relatively unknown fish still life painter Jan de Bondt was born in Schoonhoven, but has been recorded to be active in Utrecht until his death in 1653. Fish still lifes done in Utrecht at that time, usually followed examples of Willem Ormea (before 1611-1673) with backgrounds of someone of the Willaerts family. Although De Bondt's still lifes usually show a more intimate composition, the present work gives a more distant view. This indeed can be derived from his townsman Isaac Willaerts (circa 1620-1693).1
A closely related work attributed to De Bondt, which was sold, New York, Christie's 14 January 1993, lot 79, shows a similar type of still life in the foreground.
1. See L.M. Helmus (ed.), Fish. Still lifes by Dutch and Flemish masters 1550-1700, exhibition catalogue, Utrecht 2004, p. 273.
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