P.C. Sutton, Dutch & Flemish Paintings, The Collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, London 2002, pp. 258–59, cat. no. 56, reproduced p. 259.
Several of these motifs are identifiable in other paintings by Van de Velde, particularly the broken brazier, the saltcellar and the Wan-li bowl. The upturned blue and white earthenware bottle appears at exactly the same angle, with it’s open pewter cap, in two other paintings: one panel dated 1644 that was sold in these Rooms, 9 July 2008, lot 59, and again in a panel in the collection of the Hearst State Monument, San Simeon, California.1 Whether or not this is exactly the same model as that in the present panel remains a mystery as the coat-of-arms on this pitcher is too small to be identifiable. Peter C. Sutton (see Literature) identifies this pitcher as a wapenkruik, a type of arboreal pitcher that was manufactured in the German Rhineland on order from the city of Amsterdam. A wapenkruik with a legible seal of the City of Amsterdam appears in a painting by Jan van de Velde III in the Musuem of Fine Arts, Budapest.2
Jan Jansz van de Velde was the grandson of a great calligrapher of the same name, the signatures on his paintings often include elegant flourishes, perhaps in acknowledgement of his grandfather’s speciality.
1 RKD no. 231588.
2 Inventory no. 190.
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