BAREND VAN DER MEER | STILL LIFE WITH A ROEMER, FRUIT, PORCELAIN AND A DISH OF OLIVES ALL ON A TABLE DRAPED WITH A CARPET
Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD
Property from a Private Connecticut Collection
BAREND VAN DER MEER
(Haarlem 1659 - before 1703)
STILL LIFE WITH A ROEMER, FRUIT, PORCELAIN AND A DISH OF OLIVES ALL ON A TABLE DRAPED WITH A CARPET
oil on canvas
24⅝ by 25¾ in.; 65.1 by 65.4 cm.
The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. An elegant still life image reads well. Retouching to address frame abrasion is visible to the naked eye around all 4 edges and is inconsistent with the texture of the original paint layer. No other repairs or losses are visible to the naked eye. Under UV inspection, the aforementioned retouching is visible along with an area of repair about 3 inches high in the upper left background and an area about 2 inches high at the lower left on the carpet. A few thin lines of retouching are also visible along the design on the carpet. The painting would probably respond well to a light clean or varnish. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 15 January 1986, where unsold (as by Juriaen van Streeck).
We are grateful to Dr. Fred Meijer for proposing the attribution to Barend van der Meer and dating this still life to the mid-1680s. The motifs of the porcelain and Turkish carpet are most likely inspired by the work of Willem Kalf (1619 - 1693) and speak to the wealth of imported goods brought to the Netherlands via maritime trade.