In the collection of the present owner's family probably since at least the 1960s.
We are grateful to Dr Fred G. Meijer of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague, for proposing the attribution to Carel Fonteyn. He notes in particular similarities between the present work and a still life by Fonteyn that is signed and dated 1665, last recorded with François Heim, Paris, in 1964.1
The canvas has an old lining. The paint surface is in good condition overall although in localised areas is a little worn. There are some strengthenings and retouchings to certain blooms such as to the two chrysanthemums lower left and to the pink rose immediately to their right. There are some discoloured retouchings to certain darker regions of the composition and to the background; these can be seen quite clearly in the very central upper section. The varnish is old and opaque and to a certain extent inhibits inspection under ultraviolet light. The painting would benefit from a light surface clean. Sold in a gilt frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."