Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
GERRIT VAN VUCHT
Rotterdam (?) 1610 - 1697 Schiedam
KITCHEN STILL LIFE WITH MEAT, FISH, VEGETABLES AND FRUIT ON A WOODEN TABLE
oil on oak panel
unframed: 39.6 x 32.2 cm.; 15⅝ x 12⅝ in.
framed: 49 x 42 cm.; 19¼ x 16½ in.
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The bevelled panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean and the varnish clear. There are a few discoloured fine lines of sensitively executed retouching visible in the background which follow the grain of the panel. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick varnish, underneath which it is difficult to discern much, apart from a few small spots in the still life elements, in the dark pigment of the open cabinet, and more concentrated areas along the left and right of the margins. In overall good condition.
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With D. Komter, Amsterdam;
His sale, Amsterdam, A. Mak, 9 March 1926, lot 71 (as Gerrit Heda);
Private collection, Hamburg, 1926–42;
With J. Denijs, Amsterdam, 1942;
Sale, Amsterdam, J.M. van der Meulen, 27 November 1945, lot 8 (as Gerrit Heda or J. Gillig; according to Haak, see Literature);
Willem M.J. Russell, Amsterdam, by 1970;
From whom acquired in 1981 (as a pendant with the painting to be offered in September).
Schiedam, Stedelijk Museum, Gerrit van Vucht 1610-1697. Een 17e-eeuws stillevenschilder te Schiedam, 10 June – 29 August 1966, no. 3;
Amsterdam, Historisch Museum, 17 de-eeuwse schilderijen uit de verameling William Russell, 20 June – 13 September 1970, no. 96;
Schiedam, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedamse schilders in de Gouden Eeuw, 19 December 1987 – 24 January 1988, no. 14;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 49.
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N.R.A. Vroom, De Schilders van het Monochrome Banketje, Amsterdam 1945, p. 143 (as Gerrit Heda);
B. Haak, 'Gerrit van Vucht, een Stillevenschilder te Schiedam', in Oud Holland, vol. 72, 1957, pp. 118 and 120, cat. no. 7, reproduced p. 119, fig. 7;
E.W.G. van Maanen et al., Gerrit van Vucht 1610–1697. Een 17e-eeuws stillevenschilder te Schiedam, exh. cat., Schiedam 1966, cat. no. 3, reproduced;
S.H. Levie (ed.), 17 de-eeuwse schilderijen uit de verameling William Russell, exh. cat., Amsterdam 1970, p. 123, cat. no. 96, reproduced;
N.R.A. Vroom, A Modest Message as Intimated by the Painters of the 'monochrome banketje', Schiedem 1980, vol. II, p. 139, cat. no. 718, reproduced;
S. Sullivan, The Dutch Gamepiece, Totowa 1984, p. 105;
J. Bokhoven, Schiedamse schilders in de Gouden Eeuw, exh. cat., Schiedam 1987, p. 25, cat. no. 14, reproduced p. 30;
E. Gemar-Költzsch et al., Holländische Stillebenmaler im 17. Jahrhundert, Lingen 1995, vol. III, p. 1072, cat. no. 425/3, reproduced;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 5, Stilleben und Tierstücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2004, pp. 256–59, cat. no. 58, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 68, cat. no. 49, reproduced in colour.
Gerrit van Vucht specialised in still life painting, particularly ‘banketje’ (banquet pieces) or ‘ontbijtjes’ (breakfast pieces) works executed in a limited palette of colours, which led to their description as ‘monochrome banquet pieces’, of which Pieter Claesz. and Willem Claesz. Heda were the foremost proponents. A number of his works having been mistakenly attributed to alternative artists painting in this style; only around 30 works attributed to Van Vucht are known today, though contemporary inventories suggest his output was far greater than this. The majority of his paintings known today are executed on a similarly small scale to the present panel, with a characteristic tendency to depict the still life at a certain distance from the viewer and well within the overall composition.
Another work by Van Vucht, depicting a game of tric-trac, will be sold in the September Online sale of paintings from the SØR Rusche collection. Though always associated with each other as pendants in their published history, Raupp posits the present painting as an early work, and dates the other painting to a later date.