PIETER CLAESZ. | A roemer, tobacco, a chicken, a herring and a partially peeled lemon on a pewter plate, with shrimp in a porcelain bowl, and other fruit, on a partially draped table
Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 GBP
Berchem 1597/8 - 1660/1 Haarlem
A roemer, tobacco, a chicken, a herring and a partially peeled lemon on a pewter plate, with shrimp in a porcelain bowl, and other fruit, on a partially draped table
monogrammed and dated lower center: PC 164[8?]
oil on oak panel
46.5 x 63.1 cm.; 18¼ x 24⅞ in.
The panel is cradled, flat and stable and the paint surface is slightly dirty. Much of the impasto brushwork remains intact, There is discoloured retouching visible along a repaired, horizontal split or join which runs the width of the panel a third of the way down from the upper margin, as well as another repaired horizontal split just above this upper right approx. 14 cm. long. Further small spots are visible scattered in the background and to a vertical surface scratch upper centre approx. 5 cm. long. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals an uneven varnish and confirms these as well as a handful of small retouchings: in the upper part of the background, notably the upper right corner and the centre and lower half of the right margin; to the left and right-most prawns and possibly around the edge of the white table cloth lower left; around the lemon; scattered in the white tablecloth; and around the silhouette of the salt shaker and chicken. In overall fair condition.
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With Galerie Brunner, 1914 (as dated 1648);
J.L. Laverge, Rotterdam;
By whose Executors sold, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller & Cie., 23–30 March 1943, lot 11 (as signed and dated 1642);
With S. Nijstad, The Hague, 1968–73 (as dated 1642);
With P. de Boer, Amsterdam, 1974 (as dated 1642);
From whom acquired.
N.R.A. Vroom, A Modest Message as Intimated by the Painters of the "Monochrome Banketje", Schiedam 1980, p. 28, cat. no. 107, reproduced (as dated 1642);
M. Brunner-Bulst, Pieter Claesz..., Kritischer Œuvrekatalog, Lingen 2004, p. 338, cat. no. 222, reproduced p. 337 (as dated 1656?).
Delft, Museum Het Prinsenhof, 25e Oude Kunst- en Antiekbeurs, 30 August – 19 September 1973, no. 79.
Bearing the hallmarks of Claesz.’s later mature work, the composition of the present picture moves from the simpler arrangements of his earlier œuvre towards the more fashionable pronkstilleven (ornate or sumptuous) still lifes popularised by painters like Jan Davidsz. de Heem (1606–84) and Willem Kalf (1619–93). Though published by Brunner-Bulst as dating to 1656 (see Literature), after careful analysis of the date, this panel seemingly dates to the last years of the preceding decade, despite the last digit of the inscription being somewhat difficult to decipher.