A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table
Simon Renard de Saint-André

A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table

22 January 2021 • New York

A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table
A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table
A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table
A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table
A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table
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Attributed to Simon Renard de Saint-André

A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 USD

Attributed to Simon Renard de Saint-André

Attributed to Simon Renard de Saint-André

A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table

A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

12 days, 15 hours

12 days, 15 hours

January 30, 05:17 PM (GMT)

January 30, 05:17 PM (GMT)

Description

Attributed to Simon Renard de Saint-André

Paris 1614 - 1677

A still life with a skull, a music book, a snuffed-out candle, a bouquet of dying flowers and other vanitas objects on a table


oil on canvas

canvas: 18 1/2 by 22 in.; 47 by 55.9 cm. 

framed: 26 by 29 3/4 in.; 66 by 75.6 cm. 

Provenance

Anonymous sale, New York, 28 January 1999, lot 388, where unsold and acquired privately after the sale by the present owner (as Renard de Saint-André). 

Catalogue note

This vanitas still life is intended to remind the viewer of the transient nature of human life. Symbols alluding to this include the skull, the candle which has been snuffed out, the wilting flowers, the pocket watch, and the pile of coins, which are symbolic of vain, earthly pursuits.