BRITISH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1700 | A STILL LIFE OF VARIOUS SCIENTIFIC OBJECTS RELATED TO THE MEASUREMENT OF TIME AND NAVIGATION
BRITISH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1700
A STILL LIFE OF VARIOUS SCIENTIFIC OBJECTS RELATED TO THE MEASUREMENT OF TIME AND NAVIGATION
oil on canvas
canvas: 19 ¼ by 24½ in.; 48.9 by 62.2 cm.
framed: 23½ by 28¾ in.; 59.7 by 73 cm.
The canvas is lined. A decorative image reads well, especially with the details in the book and top of the globe. There is possibly some repair to the bottom right edge. Inspection under UV shows an uneven varnish under which is difficult to read, though scattered spots of retouches are likely throughout. Painting can hang as is. Offered framed.
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With Thomas Agnew & Sons, London (according to a label on the reverse);
With Colnaghi, London;
The Art Collection of the First National Bank of Chicago, Chicago 1974, pp. 48-49, no. 240, reproduced (as Edwaert Colyer);
J. Kenseth, The Age of the Marvelous, exhibition catalogue, Hanover 1991, pp. 426-428, cat. no. 194, reproduced (as Edwaert Colyer).
Dartmouth, Hood Museum of Art; Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art; Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts; Atlanta, The High Museum of Art, The Age of the Marvelous, 21 September 1991 - 3 January 1993, no. 194 (as Edwaert Colyer).
This intriguing still-life is loosely reminiscent of those painted towards the end of the seventeenth century by Edwaert Collier, a Dutch Golden Age artist who spent part of his late career in London. Rather than depicting a cartographer's table or a vanitas subject, this canvas instead includes a variety of scientific objects linked to the measurement of time and navigation. Appearing on the table within a darkened interior is a ruler, compass, pen an hourglass, and a book opened to a chapter on dialing, or properly and precisely measuring the time by following the course of the sun. The globe, around which wraps a ring of the months, does not record a map of the world, but likely was rather meant as a specific tool for these sciences.