ATTRIBUTED TO LOUISE MOILLON | STILL LIFE OF A BASKET OF GRAPES WITH A CUT POMEGRANATE RESTING ON A TABLE
ATTRIBUTED TO LOUISE MOILLON
Paris 1610 - 1696
STILL LIFE OF A BASKET OF GRAPES WITH A CUT POMEGRANATE RESTING ON A TABLE
marked on the reverse with either panel maker or owner sign
oil on panel
panel: 25 by 21¾ in.; 63.5 by 55.2 cm.
framed: 31 by 27½ in.; 78.7 by 69.9 cm.
This panel, which appears to be a fragment, consists of at least three boards with horizontal joins. The panel is uncradled and has a slight horizontal undulation. The fruits are well preserved though the details in the background have sunken. A few cracks to the wood are visible like at center right, as well as some scratches to the paint surface like at bottom right. There is active flaking and spots of loss scattered through the central quadrants of the composition. Discolored retouches are also visible, especially in the top join that runs right above the grapes. Inspection under UV shows barely any retouching to the pomegranate and grapes, while scattered spots of retouches in the ledge and background fluoresce. This painting could benefit from some attention and it is recommended that the flaking be stabilized. Offered framed.
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This fruit still life has compositional similarities with many of Moillon's works, although the configuration of the panel suggests that it is a fragment of a larger horizontal painting. Pentimenti can be seen around the pomegranate, indicating the artist changed the position of the fruit. The panel itself comes from Antwerp, as indicated by the panel maker's mark of hands on the reverse. Artists working in Paris, where Moillon was active, often imported panels from Antwerp.