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CIRCLE OF JAN DAVIDSZ. DE HEEM | STILL LIFE WITH AN OYSTER, LOBSTER, CRAB AND A PEELED LEMON ON A PEWTER PLATE, WITH A JUG AND DRINKING VESSELS, ALL ON A DRAPED TABLE

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CIRCLE OF JAN DAVIDSZ. DE HEEM | STILL LIFE WITH AN OYSTER, LOBSTER, CRAB AND A PEELED LEMON ON A PEWTER PLATE, WITH A JUG AND DRINKING VESSELS, ALL ON A DRAPED TABLE

CIRCLE OF JAN DAVIDSZ. DE HEEM | STILL LIFE WITH AN OYSTER, LOBSTER, CRAB AND A PEELED LEMON ON A PEWTER PLATE, WITH A JUG AND DRINKING VESSELS, ALL ON A DRAPED TABLE

Property from a Private Collection

CIRCLE OF JAN DAVIDSZ. DE HEEM

STILL LIFE WITH AN OYSTER, LOBSTER, CRAB AND A PEELED LEMON ON A PEWTER PLATE, WITH A JUG AND DRINKING VESSELS, ALL ON A DRAPED TABLE


oil on oak panel

unframed: 71 x 90.4 cm.; 28 x 35⅝ in.

framed: 95.1 x 113.9 cm.; 37⅜ x 44⅞ in.


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The panel is formed of three horizontal planks, one of which is supported five small block battens. These joins have split, and are both visible from the front, particularly the top plank, where there is associated paint loss and retouching running the width of the panel. The uppermost and central planks are now also both slightly bowed. There are small spots of discoloured retouching scattered in the background and table, as well as more sparesely in the main elements of the still life, along with an area of restoration below the silver plate, lower right. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the retouching along the uppermost join and the area of restoration below the plate, and reveals a handful of pinprick retouchings underneath the lobster, but otherwise it is extremely difficult to discern further intervention underneath the thick and streaky, opaque varnish.


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With M. Wolff, Amsterdam, before 1938 (as J. Jz. van de Velde);

Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 6 May 2008, lot 153, for EUR 24,250;

Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 6 May 2009, lot 35, for EUR 18,750, where acquired.

F.G. Meijer, Jan Davidsz. de Heem 1606-1684, Amsterdam 2016 (https://hdl.handle.net/11245/1.532985), p. 42, under cat. no. A034 (as Follower of De Heem, mid-17th-century?).

We are grateful to Dr Fred G. Meijer for dating this painting to circa 1631, based on its similarities, in style and composition, to the early work of Jan Davidsz. de Heem. The right-hand side of the design, for example, replicates the upright painting formerly in the Lazaro collection Madrid.1


1 https://rkd.nl/explore/images/274651