- Jan Fyt
- Fish, oysters, a crab and a lobster with cats, a tub, a copper dish and bucket and baskets at the foot of a draped column, a quay and a castle by the sea beyond
- signed on the side of the handle of the bucket: .I.FYT.
- oil on canvas
- 60 1/4 by 105 7/8 in.; 153 by 269 cm.
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 11 January 1995, lot 93;
There purchased by the present owner.
Despite his clear mastery in painting fish, this large scale and richly colored composition is a rare foray by Fyt into the sub-genre of fish still lifes. As Fred Meijer notes, Fyt probably selectively produced works for specific patrons whose livelihood was connected to the fish trade. Such a monumental and bountiful canvas would have likely hung in a place of prominence in a private home, most probably a dining room, and indeed its bountiful subject matter would have made a social statement as a symbol of abundance and wealth.1
1. F.G. Meijer in L.M. Helmus et al., Fish. Still lifes by Dutch and Flemish masters 1550-1700, Utrecht 2004, p. 233.