CIRCLE OF JAN DAVIDSZ. DE HEEM | STILL LIFE WITH A ROEMER, A WINE GLASS, OYSTERS, AN ORANGE, A MELON, AND A ROLL, ALL ON A TABLE DRAPED IN A CLOTH
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
Property from a Private Connecticut Collection
CIRCLE OF JAN DAVIDSZ. DE HEEM
STILL LIFE WITH A ROEMER, A WINE GLASS, OYSTERS, AN ORANGE, A MELON, AND A ROLL, ALL ON A TABLE DRAPED IN A CLOTH
bears signature upper right: J. D. de Heem
oil on panel
13½ by 17½ in.; 34.2 by 44.5 cm.
The panel is flat, uncradled, and beveled on all four edges. The decorative image reads well beneath the varnish with details well-preserved, for example, the oysters and the reflective glass at left. Inspection under UV light reveals a rather milky varnish that is difficult to read through in areas. More recent retouching, though, is visible at the edges of the lower right corner, for example to the fruit at center of right edge and in the darkened shadows to the right of the lower edge. There are some finely applied strokes of retouching scattered here and there in the still life, with more a more concentrated strokes to parts of the orange at left. Scattered spots of retouching fluoresce here and there in the shadows of the background, primarily around the two glasses at left and at center. The painting is stable and can hang as is. Offered in a simply carved darkwood frame.
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Anonymous sale ("The Property of a Lady"), London, Christie's, 15 April 1983, lot 70 (as Joris van Son);
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 15 January 1986, lot 151 (as Jan Davidsz de Heem, according to Bergström);
F. Meijer, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Ph.D dissertation, 2016, p. 247, reproduced fig. AU 34 (as Circle of J. Davidsz. de Heem, possibly E. Van den Broeck);
F. Meijer, Jan Davidsz. de Heem: Part 2 Catalogue Raisonné, Amsterdam 2016, p. 249, under cat. no. A222.
This striking still-life bears visual affinities to works by Jan Davidsz. de Heem, including one in the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe  and one formerly with Richard Green . The present example seems to relate to the mature still-lifes (circa 1670) of Elias van den Broeck, a Dutch Golden Age painter who was a pupil of both Jan Davidsz. de Heem in Utrecht and Cornelis Kick in Amsterdam.
1. Inv. no. 363, oil on panel, 37 by 47.3 cm, signed upper center J.D. De Heem f. See Karlsruhe 1999, cat. no. 137, reproduced.
2. Oil on panel, 34.5 by 44.5 cm., See Fred Meijer, op. cit., p. 253, cat. no. A226.