Lot 23
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Jacob Gillig

10,000 - 15,000 USD
10,625 USD
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  • Jacob Gillig
  • Still life of fish and a cat, with a copper basin
  • signed and dated upper right: Jacob . Gillig . fecit / Ao 1672
  • oil on canvas
  • 28 1/2  by 22 1/2  in.; 72.4 by 57.2 cm. 


Edward Booth, Esq.;
His deceased sale, London, Sotheby's, 15 July 1936, lot 76 (to Polak);
Visser collection, The Hague;
With Han Jüngeling, the Hague, by 1956;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 27 July 1966, lot 159 (to Vangelisti);
Private collection, Rome.


Delft, Het Prinsenhof, Oude Kunst en Antiekbeurs, 1957. 

Catalogue Note

The Dutch artist Jacob Gillig served as a tradesman and the warden of Utrecht's prison before becoming painter who specialized in fish still lifes in the early 1660s.  In addition to the fish market located near the prison, the artist's career change was likely inspired by the advice he received from fellow artist Willem Ormea as well as his marriage to a woman from the Willaerts family.  Beautifully signed and dated 1672, the present work appears to be one of the only in which the Gillig has included a cat. 

We are grateful to Fred G. Meijer for endorsing the attribution on the basis of images and for his assistance in cataloguing the present lot.