Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge
Property from the Estate of Paul Kasmin
Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin

Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge

30 January 2021 • New York

Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge
Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge
Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge
Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge
Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge
Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge
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Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin

Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge

Estimate:

40,000 - 60,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Paul Kasmin

Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin

Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin

Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge

Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge

Estimate:

40,000 - 60,000 USD

Starting bid:

28,000

USD

(0 bids, reserve not met)

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

6 days, 17 hours

6 days, 17 hours

January 30, 03:27 PM (GMT)

January 30, 03:27 PM (GMT)

Description

Property from the Estate of Paul Kasmin

Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin

Paris 1699 - 1779

Still Life with a ray-fish, a basket of onions, eggs, cheese, a green jug and a copper pot, with a mortar and pestle on a stone ledge


oil on canvas

canvas: 16 by 12 1/2 in.; 40.6 by 31.8 cm. 

framed: 21 1/4 by 18 in.; 54 by 45.7 cm. 

Condition report

Overall this painting makes a good impression and is ready to hang as is. The painting has an old glue relining which is serviceable the surface of the picture is planar. The painting has retained the "powdery" effect of Chardin's paint application even with this lining and the details in the still life elements are well retained. Under UV: The painting has had some careful and considered touching almost entirely in the background, which appears to deal with the artist's technique of painting brown glazes over the background. These appear to be mostly to deal with areas where that was distracting. In the still life itself there is very little visible—a small touch along the edge of the egg furthest right, small touches in the copper pot, a touch in the pestle, and dots in the hanging meat. Offered in a modern, Regence style frame.


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Provenance

With P. & D. Colnaghi, London 1894;
With P. & D. Colnaghi, London, 1986;
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 31 May 1991, lot 18 (with incorrect provenance);
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 14 January 1993, lot 101A (with incorrect provenance);
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 December 1996, lot 311;
With Amells Konsthandel, Stockholm;
By whom anonymously sold, New York, Sotheby's, 23 January 2003, lot 203A;
There purchased by the previous owner;
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 5 June 2014, lot 48;
Where acquired by Paul Kasmin. 

Literature

P. Rosenberg, Chardin, Paris 1999, cat. no. 54E, reproduced, p. 211 (with incorrect provenance indicating a Sotheby's London 1998 sale). 

Catalogue note

Chardin was perhaps the greatest still life painter of the eighteenth century, whose creativity and freedom of expression were nearly unmatched in the century. His popularity in his own lifetime is attested to by the numerous versions of his compositions which are extant. During the 1720s and 1730s Chardin developed more than twenty different still life compositions employing humble kitchen utensils. The greatest of these is the celebrated Ray-Fish of 1726-8, now in the Louvre, and the artist's reception piece for his admission into the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in September 1728. That Chardin chose to continue to execute this specific composition points to the artist's seeming great affinity for the subject. It is known in nine autograph versions, including those in the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (signed and dated 1731); the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena; the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford; and the Dumbarton Oaks Museum.1


1. For a full list of the accepted versions, as well as a further discussion of the composition, see Literature, Rosenberg 1999, pp. 211-212.