Lot 38
  • 38

Jan Davidsz. de Heem

100,000 - 150,000 GBP
248,750 GBP
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  • Jan Davidsz. de Heem
  • Still life with a whole and a halved peach on a pewter plate, together with grapes, lemons and cherries, all on a table draped with a green cloth
  • signed upper right: J. De. heem f
  • oil on panel, the reverse branded with the panel maker's mark of François de Bout
  • 26.2 x 38.5 cm.; 10 1/4  x 15 1/4  in.


Collection Th.W.H. Ward, London, by 1928;

With Wheeler, London;

With P. de Boer, Amsterdam;

In the collection of the family of the present owner since at least 1958.


Laren, Singer Museum, Kunstbezit rondom Laren, 3 July – 31 August 1958, cat. no. 100;

Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Nederlandse stillevens uit de zeventiende eeuw, 21 July – 2 September 1962, cat. no. 61;

Amsterdam, Gallery P. de Boer, 22 April – 31 May 1983; Braunschweig, Herzog Anton-Ulrich-Museum, 15 June – 31 July 1983, A Fruitful Past: A Survey of the Fruit Still lifes of the Northern and Southern Netherlands from Brueghel till Van Gogh, no. 35.


R. Warner, Dutch and Flemish Flower and Fruit Painters of the 17th and 18th Centuries, London 1928, pp. 100, 101, reproduced plate 45c;

S. Segal in A Fruitful Past: A Survey of the Fruit Still lifes of the Northern and Southern Netherlands from Brueghel till Van Gogh, exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam and Braunschweig 1983, pp. 72, 119, cat. no. 35, reproduced;

I. Ember, Delights for the senses: Dutch and Flemish still-life paintings from Budapest, exhibition catalogue, Wasau 1989, p. 140, under no. B20.

Catalogue Note

This still life is typical of the small-scale panels produced by Jan Davidsz. de Heem in Antwerp in the 1640s. It is closely comparable to the slightly smaller panel with a wine glass, grapes, an oyster and lemon peel in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,1 and the painting sold London, Sotheby's, 4 July 2012, lot 20. All three works share a similar bright tonality with the individual elements arranged as a pyramid. The form of the signatures are, too, extremely similar, and it seems very likely that the three paintings were executed within a very short time of each other. The other two works differ in format, being upright.

The panel is stamped on the reverse with the maker's mark of François de Bout, a panel maker active in the 1630s and 1640s. Only two other works by de Heem are known to make use of a de Bout panel; the above-mentioned panel sold in 2012, and the signed Still life with fruit formerly with Galerie J.-M. Tassel, Paris, 1988 (35.2 x 52 cm), which Fred Meijer dates to 1649.

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on Jan Davidsz. de Heem, currently being prepared by Fred G. Meijer of the RKD, The Hague. Dr Meijer dates the painting to 1646.

1. See W. Liedtke, Dutch Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Haven and London 2007, vol. I, pp. 316–17, no. 74, reproduced.