CHARLES COLLINS | STILL LIFE WITH GRAPES, PEACHES, PLUMS AND OTHER FRUIT, A PORCELAIN BOWL, AND A BLUE TIT, ALL ON A DRAPED TABLE
The Property of a Lady
London 1680 - 1744
STILL LIFE WITH GRAPES, PEACHES, PLUMS AND OTHER FRUIT, A PORCELAIN BOWL, AND A BLUE TIT, ALL ON A DRAPED TABLE
signed and dated lower left: C. Collins. F. / 1729
oil on canvas
unframed: 59.9 x 50.6 cm.; 23⅝ x 19⅞ in.
framed: 76 x 66.9 cm.; 29⅞ x 26⅜ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish is very dulled and matte. A distinct network of craquelure has developed, visible throughout the painting. A horizontal stretcher mark is visible running through the centre of the canvas. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals pin-prick retouchings throughout the grapes, some fine lines of retouching in the dark background in the upper half of the painting to the aforementioned network of craquelure, as well as some slightly more concentrated areas of retcouching to a T-shape line in the peaches approx. 3 x 11cm., and to two smaller lines in the vine leaf and stalk of the grapes (the longer of which measures approx. 5cm.). There is also retouching to two short lines in the open fig and grapes on the left, each approx. 2cm. long. There are other retouchings scattered around the margins, most notably to an area in the ledge lower left approx. 1 x 4cm. These do not disturb the overall legibility of the image which will benefit from a refreshed varnish.
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With Spink, London;
From whom acquired by the parents of the present owner in the 1980s, for £6,500;
Thence by descent.
Charles Collins painted mainly depictions of animals and birds. In his Anecdotes of Painting, George Vertue noted that Collins 'painted all sorts of fowl and game. He drew a piece with a hare and birds and his own portrait in a hat.'1 Collins looked to 17th-century Dutch art for inspiration, and the present work is a fine example of his homage to the still lifes of the Dutch Golden Age.
1 G. Vertue, Anecdotes of Painting in England, H. Walpole ed., London 1762, vol. 2, p. 122.