FLEMISH SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY | Still life of fish and crustaceans piled on a table, a seascape vignette beyond
15,000 - 20,000 GBP
FLEMISH SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY
STILL LIFE OF FISH AND CRUSTACEANS PILED ON A TABLE, A SEASCAPE VIGNETTE BEYOND
oil on canvas
unframed: 81 x 100 cm.; 31⅞ x 39⅜ in.
framed: 116.8 x 136.3 cm.; 46 x 53 5/8 in.
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Canvas recently relined and in good condition. Painted surface is well preserved, with a few retouchings to old tears visible under ultra violet light, mostly vertically orientated, but otherwise very few retouchings. No need for any further conservation work: ready to hang as is. Recent giltwood frame.
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The authorship of this impressive still life remains a mystery. We are grateful to Dr. Fred G. Meijer for noting that the artist appears to have been inspired by the work of the Antwerp-based still life painter, Adriaen van Utrecht. Van Utrecht's Fishmonger's Stall in the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent,1 features many similar compositional elements such as the full picture plane, the frieze-like hanging fish at the upper margin, and the inclusion of a distant landscape at the far left.