His sale, Paris, Joullain fils, 14 March 1768, lot 48 ('Un tableau peint sur toile par Kalf, en 1644, représentant des Flacons, un Vase d'or & des Huitres, à côté d'une Serviette; de 38 p. de haut sur 30 p. de large');
George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick (1746–1816), by 1806;
Thence by descent.
Anon., Inventory of the Contents of Warwick Castle, Ms., 1806, in the Compass Room Window;
W. Field, An Historical and Descriptive Account of Leamington Spa, Warwick 1815, p. 104 ('Still life, by Kalf'), in the Compass window;
Possibly S. Woodburne, Notes on the Paintings at Warwick Castle, 1832, no. 106 ('Ewer and plates etc – Flemish School'), in the Compass Room;
H. T. Cooke, An Historical and Descriptive Guide to Warwick Castle…, Warwick 1847, p. 73, in the Chapel Passage;
Cooper’s, History of Warwick and Guide to the Castle, illustrated, 1850, p. 107;
W. Kendall, Inventory of Warwick Castle, Ms., 1853, in the Passage and Staircase Landing;
Anon, Inventory of Warwick Castle, Ms., circa 1860, in the Passage and Staircase Landing;
W. von Bode, Studien zur Geschichte der holländischen Malerei, Brunswick 1883, p. 229–30;
W. von Bode, Die Meister der holländischen und flämischen Malerschulen, Leipzig 1917, p. 295, 1953 edition (ed. E. Plietszch) p. 383;
I. Bergström, Dutch Still-Life Painting in the Seventeenth Century, New York 1983, p. 277, reproduced fig. 222;
L. Grisebach, Willem Kalf 1619–1693, Berlin 1974, p. 240, no. 70, reproduced fig. 71;
J. Giltaij, in Gemaltes Licht. Die Stilleben von Willem Kalf, exhibition catalogue, Rotterdam/Aachen 2006–07, p. 92, under cat. no. 21.
Precise details of Kalf’s early career are scant but he is known to have been in Paris during the late 1630s and Bergstrom believed he remained there until at least 1646.He painted a number of works in this style during the years 1643–44 and many of them include many of the same objects as props. Perhaps the most clearly comparable work, and one which includes each of the central objects represented here, is the undated work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which is of very similar dimensions and which must have been painted either immediately before or after the present work.
 Bergstrom, under Literature, p. 260 ff.
 See Grisebach, under Literature, pp. 239–40, cat. no. 68, reproduced fig. 70.
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